Two men were arraigned today on charges they smashed a Chelsea resident upside the head Sunday as punishment for the sneakers they say he stole from them.
Alexander Guevara, 21, of Chelsea, and Antonio Rivera, 21, of Boston, had bail set at $1,500 and $1,000 respectively, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, which provided this account:
Chelsea police responded to the area of Grove and Highland streets at about 4:15 on Sunday afternoon to find a 24-year-old Chelsea man sitting on the ground holding his head. The man told police he had been hit in the head with a tire jack by a man with a Rolling Stones tattoo on his neck who apparently believed the victim had stolen sneakers from him in Revere.
Witnesses in the area corroborated that account, saying that two men exited a gray Lexus, go to the trunk, and retrieve a tire jack and a baseball bat. One of the men, now believed to be Guevara, beat the victim in the head with the jack. The second man, now believed to be Rivera, used a knife to threaten the victim and two of the witnesses.
The victim was taken to Mass. General and is expected to survive, the DA's office says.