• Attacker beats man 14 times with metal baseball bat, Brockton police say


    BROCKTON, Mass. - A Brockton man pleaded not guilty after police say he severely beat a man with a metal baseball bat late Tuesday night.

    Police were called to a convenience store at 125 Pleasant Street to investigate reports of a fight in front of the business.

    When officers arrived they found a man they said appeared to be intoxicated. His arm had been shattered, police told Boston 25 News.

    The 54-year-old victim was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital and needs surgery. 

    Video evidence appeared to show a man, later identified as 28-year-old Jean Bazile, of Brockton, hitting the victim 14 times with an item taken from the sleeve of his shirt. That item, police said, was a metal baseball bat. Police have not released the surveillance video to the public. 

    Bazile fled the scene but was later arrested when police were called to N. Warren Avenue to investigate reports of a suicidal person.

    In court, Bazile had no reaction as they read the charges against him, which included assault and battery and mayhem.

    According to his criminal history, Bazile was arraigned in a separate case just five days before this beating. Police say Bazile attacked his sister.

    "They did observe a fresh cut on her nose and her fingernails were ripped off."

    According to Bazile's court-appointed attorney, his client was previously on medication but has stopped taking it. 

    Bazile will return to court on June 20. 


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