THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, April 22, 2022 Page 5 Malden man, 81, assaulted in Boston's Downtown Crossing as part of juvenile-based crime wave Surge of teen-based violence and vandalism causing stepped-up police presence in that section of city By Steve Freker at least $2,000 in damage. According to reports, the A n elderly Malden man who was enjoying a late-night meal in Boston's Downtown Crossing shopping hub was assaulted and lost his food when a small group of juveniles attacked him recently. The attack was reported as part of an online report detailing a recent surge of teen-based violence and vandalism in one of Boston's busiest and most visible shopping and dining hubs. In this incident, taking place earlier this month, a Malden man, 81, whose identity was withheld, was munching on a hamburger in a Downtown Crossing fast food establishment when he was approached by a group of four juveniles, identified as between 12-14 years old. The three girls and a boy entered McDonald's at 329 Washington St., said nothing, but ripped the hamburger out of his hand, slapped the man on the head and then sprayed whipped cream from a dispenser into his face and on his chest, according to reports. Police responded to the scene, according to reports, but though shaken up, the Malden 81-year-old did not require medical attention. According to the online reDowntown Crossing area has seen multiple incidents of assaults both physical and verbal, particularly by young teens ages from 12-14, particularly by female suspects. In one other recent incident, Boston Police are investigating an assault which took place in a Downtown Crossing where an 81-year-old Malden man was attacked, slapped and doused with whipped cream by a group of four unidentifi ed juveniles, three girls and a boy. (Courtesy Photo) port, the same foursome of alleged assailants of the Malden senior showed up at nearby Silvertone Bar and Grill, 69 Bromfi eld St., where they allegedly requested alcohol but the owner noticed they were clearly underage, just in their early teens. The owner asked them to leave when they apparently started shouting a protest slogan and demanding the staff also say it, according to the police report. After they were escorted out, all the while allegedly screaming a variety of “racial slurs” and spitting at employees and the 15 or so patrons, they allegedly threw a soda bottle at the glass door, along with other things, breaking the glass door, which caused four young girls ages 12 and 13 had to be placed into custody after they allegedly kicked, punched and spit at police who were coming to the aid of a 22-year-old woman a group of 10-12 juvenile girls had attacked and beaten. Two of the girl suspects also kicked at and damaged a cruiser while in custody inside. The incident was reported as a hate crime and the Civil Rights Unit of the police was alerted. Two days later, police say the same group that attacked the Malden man were seen again at the Black Seed Cafe, 131 Tremont St. There, two took turns punching a female victim because she allegedly refused to buy them ice cream and alPlease Join Us for a Fundraiser State Representative Steven Ultrino Member of Ways and Means, Health Care Financing, and Monday May 9, 2022 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Mixx 360 665 Broadway Malden legedly used a racial slur in response to their request. That incident remains under investigation. WE CAN HELP PAY YOUR HEATING BILLS! You may qualify for ABCD’s Fuel Assistance Program and be eligible for as much as $2,100 towards your heating costs (oil, gas, or electric). Maximum benefit is $2,100 Household of 1 = $40,951 Household of 2 = $53,551 Household of 3 = $66,151 Household of 4 = $78,751 www.eight10barandgrille.com We Have Reopened for Dine-In and Outside Seating every day beginning at 4 PM APPLY TODAY! Last day to apply is May 13, 2022 Residents of Boston, Brookline, and Newton: 178 Tremont Street, Boston, MA — 617.357.6012 Residents of Malden, Medford, Everett, Melrose, Stoneham, Winchester and Woburn: 18 Dartmouth Street, Malden, MA — 781.322.6284 WE'RE OPEN! 8 Norwood Street, Everett (617) 387-9810 STAY SAFE! Cold days are coming. ABCD’s got you covered.

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