A 17-year-old lifeguard was stabbed and brutally beaten at a Massachusetts beach — after telling a rowdy group of parkgoers to stop smoking and boozing it up.
The victim was on duty at Bell Pond in Worcester around 6:30 p.m. Sunday when he told the men that drinking alcohol and smoking were not allowed at the park and that they would have to leave if they didn’t stop, Fox News said in a report Tuesday.
Worcester police said several people in the group left the park, but one man became “verbally aggressive” with the teen.
The man then returned with a smaller group and, armed with a knife and a stick, pummeled the lifeguard, who was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the Fox report said.
Three suspects were later arrested in the incident, including Celestine Bigirimana, 22, who was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, trespassing and resisting arrest after a foot chase.
Two others, 19-year-old Mohamed Abdullahi and an unnamed 17-year-old, were hit with assault and battery and disturbing-the-peace charges.
A fourth person was arrested at the scene but later released without being charged.
Robert Antonelli Jr., the assistant commissioner of the Worcester Parks & Recreation Department, told reporters that the lifeguard, who was not identified, had only recently started the job after undergoing training.
“We’re not happy,” Antonelli said. “As a city, as a community, what happened here was uncalled for. It’s a simple request. It’s a simple item, and they took it too far.
“We’re not going to stand for it,” he added.