Boston Police report arresting a man for starting what turned into a stomping of a corrections officer that included beating him with a metal pipe on Atkinson Street just outside the South Bay House of Correction this morning.
Police say Torre Jenkins, 45, already had warrants out for his arrest on charges of drug dealing and attacking a public employee when he yelled at the corrections officer as the guard was approaching work at the jail around 7:30 a.m.
The victim stated he rolled his window down when the unknown male approached him and struck him in the face with an open fist. The victim stated he exited his vehicle and engaged the unknown male suspect in a physical fight. The victim stated about five individuals joined the fight and began to assault the victim. The victim stated that during the altercation, he was struck multiple times with a metal pipe. The victim further stated his watch, glasses and cell phone were stolen.
Officers received additional information that an individual in the area had entered the victim’s motor vehicle and unsuccessfully attempted to flee the scene. Officers were able to locate and apprehend the male in the area of Southampton Street and Atkinson Street.
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins reports the officer is out of the hospital and that the investigation "remains highly active."
Police say Jenkins was initially charged with breaking and entering of a motor vehicle. His outstanding warrants were for distribution of Class A and B drugs out of Roxbury court and possession of Class B drugs assault and battery on a public employee and disturbing a correctional institution out of Boston Municipal Court, police say.