By Marjorie Nesin
---- — 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.”
According to the report, the trio lured the Gloucester teen over to a darkened fish processing plant on Harbor Loop, inviting him to “chill out with them” and smoke marijuana. The beaten teen later told police he no longer smokes, but he walked along to the plant behind the Building Center store with the other teens.
As the teens entered the darkened driveway, Casey allegedly “sucker punched” the Gloucester teen in the face. The teen told police that someone then grabbed him from behind in a headlock, holding him while Casey repeatedly hit his face with a closed fist, eventually knocking him to the ground.
In a police interview, Casey credited himself with the beating, saying no one else held the teen or jumped into the fight. Casey admitted to kicking the teen, but only once, as the victim was struggling to get up off the ground.
The victim alleges that Casey continued to kick him in the head and face as he lay in the driveway, cracking multiple spots in his jaw and the orbital bone that encircles his right eye and cutting deep lacerations into his skin.
“(He) stated he could still envision Casey’s shod foot repeatedly kicking him in the face and head,” Mizzoni wrote after interviewing the teen.
Then the three boys walked away, leaving the bleeding and injured victim behind. The broken-faced teen pulled himself to his feet and caught up with the group. As he began to ask why he was beaten, Casey allegedly struck his head with another punch.
The injuries prevented the teen from walking to his Cherry Street home, and his mother picked him up, immediately transporting him to AGH in her vehicle.
Hospital personnel immediately called for his transport to Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where doctors wired his broken jaw closed, and he underwent surgery “to repair damage done by the beating,” according to Mizzoni’s report.
Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3451, or at email@example.com.