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Tewksbury Man Charged With Assault, Civil Rights Violation

Apr 16, 2015 06:05AM ● By Bill Gilman

A 24-year-old Tewksbury man is facing assault and civil rights charges in connection with an incident that took place in Boston back in November.

Ryan Sugrue was originally arrested around 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 30, after he allegedly assaulted a 37-year-old Chelsea man, who was crossing New Chardon Street.

According to Suffolk County prosecutors, Sugrue approached the victim, as the victim was walking to work, and began shouting ethnic slurs at him.  When the victim tried to cross the street to avoid an altercation, Sugrue allegedly punched and kicked him.

An MBTA Transit Police officer who happened to be nearby detained Sugrue near the scene until Boston Police arrived and placed him under arrest.

Prosecutors have classified the alleged attack as a hate crime and on Wednesday, Sugrue was arraigned on a charge of violating the victim's civil rights. The new charge is in addition to the existing charges of assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Sugrue pleaded not guilty and was released on $1000 cash bail. He is due back in court on May 27.


ewksbury man already facing charges for a November assault was arraigned Wednesday on an additional charge of violating his victim’s civil rights in the alleged hate crime, officials said.

Ryan Sugrue, 24, pleaded not guilty in Boston Municipal Court to a charge of violating a person’s civil rights, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in a statement. Sugrue had already been arraigned for assault and battery, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, for the same incident.

Sugrue allegedly attacked a 37-year-old Chelsea man on New Chardon Street around 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 30, prosecutors said. The man was on his way to work when, without provocation, Sugrue began shouting ethnic slurs at him. When the victim tried to cross the street, Sugrue allegedly punched and kicked him, prosecutors said.

An MBTA Transit Police officer detained Sugrue near the scene. Boston police arrested him soon after.

After the assault charges were filed, Boston police continued their investigation, and Sugrue was charged with the civil rights violation on March 4. Sugrue’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 27.

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