82-year-old brutally attacked by mob of dirt bike, ATV riders, Massachusetts cops say
A mob of dirt bikes and ATV riders assaulted an 82-year-old man who was driving his car in a brutal attack that left him seriously injured, Massachusetts state police said.
Authorities are now seeking assistance in identifying suspects involved in the potentially unsolicited attack on the man whose name was withheld, who was driving his 1996 Buick Century in Boston, according to a press release on November 18.
"It was a despicable and cowardly act," David Procopio, a state police spokesman, told McClatchy News via email.
While driving in the city, which approached an overpass at around 7.30 pm, the victim saw "30 to 40 off-road motorcycles and ATVs" driving towards them.
The drivers forced the man's car onto the curb on the right side of the road and started smashing the windows, police said.
Photos of the car released by the police show a badly broken windshield and other windows with no longer glazed glass.
After that, the man was able to drive away with the intent to seek help at a police station, but several drivers followed the chase and started kicking and beating his car, the police said.
As he tried to escape the horde of attackers, he got stuck in traffic at an exit.
When the 82-year-old rolled his window down to tell another driver to call 911, one of the drivers, a man, got off his bike or ATV and started punching the victim through the window, police said.
Others started kicking his car while a suspect threw a piece of pipe through the rear window of the car, which is no longer there, photos show.
Then a stone flew into another car window that was thrown by another suspect, police said.
Traffic began to flow and the victim turned left and drove himself to Joe’s Kwik Market, where he fell to the ground after getting out of his car.
“He wanted to pick up a turkey. That was all he did. A simple errand at 7:30 am, "the man's daughter, who said she viewed the attack as attempted murder, told WCVB.
"You wouldn't think it would be a dangerous time for someone to be outside."
He was taken to St. Elizabeth's Medical Center by the Boston EMS, where Procopio confirmed he is still in the hospital and expected to survive, police said.
Authorities released a video of the alleged drivers prior to the attack and they were driving in a large group alongside cars through the streets of the city.
There were no arrests until the morning of November 24, Procopio said.
"The investigation into the facts and circumstances of the attack, including possible motives, are still active," said the police report.
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