A Somerville man was arraigned on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon today for an attack early Monday that left a man walking down a Beacon Hill street with a broken nose, a broken hand and facial injuries, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
A Boston Municipal Court judge set bail at $1,000 for James Plunkett, 26.
According to the DA's office, the 29-year-old Army veteran - who suffered head and neck injuries in an explosion in Iraq - was walking near the intersection of Charles and Pinckney streets around 1:30 a.m. with his wife, when he saw a couple of guys urinating on the sidewalk:
The veteran asked the men to "put it away" so he and his wife could pass by.
Prosecutors say an argument ensued and the two men then followed the couple to their car, where both men threw several punches at the victim. When the victim fell to the ground, Plunkett allegedly continued to punch and kick him, prosecutors said.
His wife, not injured in the attack, called 911.
Police have identified the second man, who may face charges of his own in the near future, the DA's office says.
"It’s just disgusting that anyone, much less a man injured in service to his country, would be attacked like this on the streets of Boston," DA Dan Conley said in a statement.