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July 9, 2013

Teen charged in wake of beating

A Rockport teen is facing a slew of violence-related charges, including assault with the intent to murder, while the Gloucester teen he “brutally beat,” according to Gloucester police, recovers from a broken jaw, broken facial bones and brain hemorrhaging.

Ryan Casey, a 17-year-old student at Rockport High School, admitted to police in an interview that he had beaten the Gloucester teen on the Thursday night of St. Peter’s Fiesta over a $70 drug sale debt, police said.

“Casey said he was intoxicated and became enraged and had planned to assault (the teen),” Gloucester Police Detective Steve Mizzoni wrote in the report.

Police arrested Casey last Friday, eight days after the reported incident. The victim’s mother, who had picked up her son after the incident and initially brought him to Addison Gilbert Hosptial, reported the incident to police last Tuesday, once her son was released from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

The Gloucester District Court, which had been closed July 4, granted police an arrest warrant last Friday, and police arrested Casey at his Granite Street home later that morning.

According to the police report, Casey and two friends met up with the 17-year-old boy as St. Peter’s Fiesta celebrations came to a close for the night on June 27. The group had “hung around” with each other in the past, but a falling out changed that. The 17-year-old victim, a Gloucester resident, had owed Casey a sum of money, which he told police was $70 he had paid back in full months ago.

Casey told officers the teen owed him $140. “(He) robbed me,” Casey told police.

“Casey also states that he trains and works out practicing martial arts,” Mizzoni wrote. “Casey said that his friends would consider him a ‘MMA’ (mixed martial arts) enthusiast.”

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