Massachusetts State Police today sought criminal complaints against seven male teenagers for violently attacking a group of five other teenagers on a pier at Squantum Point Park in Quincy on the afternoon of Monday, July 31.
An extensive investigation identified the seven assailants as having punched, kicked, and tackled various members of the victims’ group, and also with having prevented them from initially leaving the pier so that the aggressors could launch their assault.
The five victims are males ranging in age from 14 to 16. Because they are juvenile victims, their names and hometowns are not being released.
The seven assailants are also juveniles: A 17-year-old male from Quincy; three 16-year-old males from Quincy; two 15-year-old males from Quincy; and a 14-year-old male from Kingston.
Each of the assailants is charged with 18 separate counts of offenses including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, assault, and kidnapping. Each assailant is charged as a principal in certain offenses and as a joint-venturer in other offenses. The assault and battery with a dangerous weapon charges stem from defendants’ kicking victims with shod feet. The kidnapping charges stem from the defendants’ refusing to allow the victims to leave the pier. The victims, at that point, were lined up against a railing on the pier. The assault began soon after that.
The complaints were sought today by State Police Troopers assigned to the Troop H detective unit. The incident was investigated by Troop H of the State Police with valuable assistance from Quincy Police and Milton Police.
The investigation included review of video of the attack posted on social media, numerous interviews, and other actions undertaken to confirm identifies of the assailants. The investigation remains open; additional suspects may be identified and additional charges may be determined as the investigation proceeds.
A date will be set in Quincy District Court for arraignment of the identified assailants. The case will be prosecuted the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office.