Man Walking Dog Beaten Near Union Square Dog Park, Says Report

After almost getting hit by a moving truck, the victim was punched and kicked by three men in the truck, who allege the victim pulled a razor on them.

A 50-year-old man walking his dog across the street near outside Union Square was nearly hit by a moving truck and was then punched, knocked to the ground and kicked by three men in the truck, according to a police report.

The men who allegedly did the beating told police their victim cursed at them and threatened them with a straight edge razor.

The beating took place July 19 at about 11:15 a.m., and a woman who was at the dog park screamed and called 911 to stop fight, the report says.

The woman told police she noticed the man crossing the street near the intersection of Putnam and Summer streets when the moving truck came around the corner and nearly struck him, according to the report.

According to the woman's account, the man said something to the truck driver, which led to an argument, and the driver got out of the truck to confront the man; then two other men got out of the truck.

They started punching the man, knocking him to the ground, and then all three started to kick the man, the woman told police, according to the report.

The truck driver, James Halliday, 32, of 11 Putnam Street, told police that after he almost struck the dog-walker, the man called him a "b*tch." Halliday told police he got out of the truck, and during a verbal argument the man pulled a straight edge razor.

It was at this point the two other men in the truck, Michael Dacey, 28, of Charlestown and Reif Larsen, 18, of Cambridge, got out to defend the driver, Halliday told police, according to the report.

Halliday, Dacey and Larsen were arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon—shod feet.

According to the police report, the victim was also arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.

Please remember that allegations contained in police reports do not indicate a conviction.

Rob Buchanan July 24, 2012 at 02:35 PM
There's no excuse for this kind of behavior. What are these people thinking? I do think the City needs to undertake traffic calming measures on Summer Street. A woman walking her dog was struck by a car at the very same intersection back in December. I think a center line and bike sharrows would help in the short-term, perhaps even staggered alternative side parking, creating a zig-zag street pattern. In the longer-term, I think a raised crossing/intersection is necessary as well as extended crosswalk entry for pedestrians at Summer and Putnam. It's a shame, given that the city just re-did all of the sidewalk ramps at that intersection not too long ago...a missed opportunity! The City needs a "complete streets" policy to avoid these kinds of missed opportunities in the future.
Ron Newman July 24, 2012 at 03:04 PM
What company did the moving truck belong to, so that people can avoid hiring them in the future?
Frank Mulligan July 24, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Today People really don't CARE. It would be a BETTER world if everyone tried to be NICE to each other. Pepole really just want to show off at times. ? What company was it. So the PUBLIC will Know not to Bussiness with.
dj July 24, 2012 at 06:33 PM
We need more people to be stopped and ticketed by police. Union Square and beyond is a nightmare - no stopping at red lights, speeding, etc. We live in a world where if you don't get stopped you just keep on doing it!
Paul White July 25, 2012 at 03:12 AM
I hate to say it but i drive and alot of pedestrians just walk right out in front of you and act like they dont see the car look both ways is what my mom always told me


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