WORCESTER, Mass. — “They have a hard job, as you know, and lifeguards are in short supply. I think that’s part of the reason why there’s the drownings here in central Massachusetts,” said swimmer Gayle Galletta.
It’s been an especially difficult summer at local swimming holes and beaches in Worcester.
“We’ve already had a drowning in Worcester less than a month ago, and now these young guards are being attacked for doing their job and trying to protect the public as a whole,” said Robert Antonelli, the assistant commissioner for Public Works & Parks in Worcester.
Police say the 17-year-old lifeguard told a group of young men and teens that drinking and smoking was not allowed. After leaving the area, a group came back. The lifeguard was stabbed.
“We’re not happy as a city, as a community what happened here is uncalled for and unnecessary,” Antonelli said.
Police located Celestine Bigirimana, 22-years-old of Everett Gaylord Boulevard, and placed him under arrest. He is charged with Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Disturbing the Peace, Disorderly Conduct, Trespassing, Resisting Arrest, and Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol.
Mohamed Abdullahi, 19-years-old of Stubbin Street, was placed under arrest and charged with Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon and Disturbing the Peace.
A 17-year-old juvenile was arrested and charged with Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Disorderly Conduct, and Disturbing the Peace. A third male was arrested on scene but was released without charges when additional information was discovered. They will be arraigned in court.
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