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.