Two Falmouth teenagers are facing assault and battery charges after they allegedly punched and kicked a Franklin teenager until—and after—he was unconscious during a party at a home on Blacksmith Shop Road on August 15.
The father of one of the suspects, a 52-year-old Falmouth resident, will be charged with witness interference and obstruction of justice. He was arraigned in October and the charges were dismissed at the pretrial hearing, Police Chief Edward A. Dunne said. He said he only recently learned the charges were dropped and does not know why. Police filed charges again last week and have not been notified yet of a court date, he said.
According to the police report, the father knowingly made false statements to police. He initially told officers his son was not at the party and was not involved in the fight because he was playing hockey in Salem, New Hampshire, that evening. After the initial investigation, police also believe he called the parents of witnesses and others involved and instructed them not to talk with investigating officers. If they did talk, he instructed them to give his version of events and tell officers that his son was not involved or at the party, according to the police report.
The incident occurred during an underage drinking party at a home at 70 Blacksmith Shop Road, according to the police report.
During the party, a fight occurred. One boy, a 17-year-old from Franklin, was beaten unconscious. As he lay on the ground unconscious, the suspects continued to kick and beat him, according to police. He suffered a concussion and two fractures in his jaw and was later brought to Massachusetts General Hospital for possible brain bleeding.
The suspects, ages 16 and 17, have been charged with assault and battery with serious bodily injury, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and simple assault and battery. One of the hearings is scheduled for February 5. The other one was rescheduled because of a COVID case at the court and police are not yet aware of the new date, Chief Dunne said.
The incident was not included in the police reports sent to the Enterprise in August. The chief said it was most likely omitted because it pertained to minors.
The names of all the people involved, including the names of the juvenile suspects and witnesses and the parents of the suspects, were redacted from the police incident report.
Chief Dunne said it was a lengthy investigation. It began the day after the incident and the police report was finalized on October 5 after interviewing the suspects, witnesses, parents and other participants in the fight, he said.
Police learned of the fight when the victim’s father came to the police station with witnesses who told police that everyone had been drinking. People began talking about wrestling, which led to a “friendly wrestling match,” according to the police report.
Witnesses told police the two were on the ground wrestling, and the victim “lightly kicked the leg of the other boy in a way to tell them to stop wrestling.” Others saw what was happening and jumped the victim and starting punching him and knocked him to the ground. One of the boys kicked the victim in the head as hard as he could, knocking the victim unconscious, the report states.
When the victim fell unconscious, the boys continued to punch and kick him. Police spoke with several witnesses and other participants in the incident, most of whom are from Falmouth. Three were there from Franklin, Pembroke and Rhode Island.
“They were all punching him as he’s defenseless. He ends up on all fours, where [redacted] walks up and punts in the head with a full kick. This is where [redacted] gets knocked out. Although he is unconscious, [redacted] and his friends keep kicking,” one witness said.
Another witness wrote in a statement: “By the time I could actually get people off of them the damage was already done. One of my friends was knocked out cold by five kids in the most disgusting act of violence I have ever seen.”
The suspects allegedly videotaped the assault and were sending the video around on Snapchat.
One of the suspects said during the investigation that the victim and his friends were trying to start trouble all night and were threatening him and his friends.
“These kids, a group of eight of them, were obviously drinking. They were being, I don’t wanna say like, they were being punks, I guess,” a witness said.
Officers also spoke with the owner of the home where the incident occurred and learned she lives in Colorado and was not aware of any parties at the residence.