Disabled Man Assaulted With Machete, Says Police Report
On his way to the hospital after the alleged attack, the victim was jumped and hit with a pipe or stick, he told police
Two men pushed their way in to the home of a disabled man, hit the man repeatedly, struck him the with flat part of a machete, kicked him on the ground and broke his cane in half, according to the victim's account in a Somerville police report.
The victim was cut during the attack, possibly by the machete, and when police responded to his home the next day they found a "large amount" of blood splatters on the rug and walls, the report says.
The man told police he didn't report the attack immediately because his assailants told him if he went to police they would hurt him, according to the report.
According to the police report, the victim had a two-inch cut on his head with eight stitches.
The alleged attack happened July 12 at a Gilman Street apartment at about 6:30 p.m., the victim told police.
The victim told police he knew the two alleged assailants, Daniel Gentile, 52, of 40 Florence St. and Marc Maisano, 54, of Florida, because they had grown up together.
He told police the men attacked him because another man was staying with him, and Gentile believed that man had stolen his girlfriend's necklace.
After the attack, the victim went to Somerville Hospital, but on his way he was jumped near Cross Street and hit in the head with a pipe or stick, according to the victim's account.
A witness told police he saw the two alleged assailants get into a white pickup truck, which backed into a tree as it fled the scene, the report says.
Police went to Gentile's residence and found the truck and a foot-long knife, the report says.
Gentile and Maisano were arrested and charged with home invasion, kidnapping, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, witness intimidation and conspiracy to commit a crime or felony.
Please remember that allegations contained in police reports do not indicate a conviction.