State Police report arresting a man they say attacked a group of beachgoers this afternoon with both a hammer and racial slurs.
Gianpaolo Cerretani, 24, faces charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon, civil rights violation, threats to commit a crime disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, State Police say.
State Police say Cerretani's ire was raised when he stole a little child's football and a group of Hispanic and black teenagers and men grabbed it back and returned it to the kid. He got a hammer from somewhere and began swinging it at the teens and man while shouting racial epithets, State Police say.
One of the group, an 18-year-old Hispanic man from Lowell, was struck by the hammer, suffering minor injuries, they continue:
As numerous troopers rushed to the scene, the group of youths and young men got the hammer away from Cerretani and subdued him.
When troopers reached the fracas, they placed Cerretani, who was bleeding from cuts on his head, into handcuffs while they interviewed victims and witnesses. After troopers had Cerretani cuffed, he shouted another racial slur and an obscenity at one of the group, and also shouted at troopers, calling one of them a "pig." He shouted to a trooper, "I'll take you too."
State Police say they took the man to Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett for observation. They add he hurled a racial epithet at a black security guard there.