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Tenant Pepper-Sprayed After Dispute with Landlord

Police arrested a man on Albion Street after he assaulted his landlord, according to allegations in a police report.

Credit: Patch.com
Credit: Patch.com
Somerville police officers pepper-sprayed and arrested an Albion Street man after the man allegedly assaulted his landlord, according to a Somerville police report.

According to the report, officers responded to 84 Albion St. shortly after 9 a.m. on Dec. 12.

The victim, a 69-year-old landlord, told police he received a complaint-filled text message from the first-floor tenant asking him to fix some things with the apartment.

When the landlord arrived at the home, he asked to speak with the tenant, Wayne Napolitano, 23, the report says.

According to the victim's account, Napolitano approached the front door, swore at the landlord and slammed the door into his face. The victim said his left hand got caught in the door and that Napolitano kept pushing the door closed on his hand.

When officers knocked on Napolitano's bedroom door to speak with him, the 23-year-old swore at police and told them he hadn't left his bedroom that morning and didn't speak to the victim, the report says.

As police attempted to arrest Napolitano, he grabbed one officer's leg and mule-kicked another in the shin, the report says. It says an officer then pepper-sprayed him.

Napolitano was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a person over 60, assault and battery on a police officer, witness intimidation and resisting arrest.

The above information was supplied by the Somerville Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

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