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Disabled man stomped in Downtown Crossing robbery; one of four suspects nabbed

UPDATE: Bail set at $2,000, Suffolk County DA reports.

Boston Police report a man with a cast on one leg and holding a cane was punched to the ground and then repeatedly kicked by four men who made off with his purple cell phone, at Temple Place and Washington Street, around 4:30 p.m. on Monday.

Police say the man, who also has a mental disability, fell to the ground as the four punched him in the face.

Police say arriving officers spotted one of the four suspects hanging around Temple and Washington; he tried to outrun them, but failed - and police say he had the victim's purple phone in his front pocket.

Norjay Bryan, 19, was charged with unarmed robbery, assault and battery on a disabled person and receiving stolen property.

Innocent, etc.

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If you're as outraged as I am by this, pop over to this bag of trashs page and let him know how you feel! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1078613165615249&set=a.106367499...

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The Internet sometimes gets the wrong person.

Also, we are a society of laws, and we have a system for investigating and prosecuting.

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especially to one who is down on their luck and has no place to go, and is disabled.

Here's hoping that the guy who attacked the disabled homeless man goes to jail for a really long time. He deserves it.

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People who are marginalized or down on their luck seem to be disproportionately victimized. There's a truly evil streak in some people that looks for victims that can't or won't fight back.

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People who are marginalized due to differences in race, ethnicity, color, lifestyle, how and where they live, being homeless, neurological and emotional problems, as well as not being in society's mainstream, generally, because they are often taken advantage of by people who enjoy latching onto their vulnerabilities and making fun of them, or worse.

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What a joke. So, after he requests a hearing to reduce bail, it'll go down to what? $250?

What happened to taking the severity of the crime and and the danger posed to the community in account when setting initial bail?

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I suggest reading the eighth amendment

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It’s been discussed here many, many times. Bail is to prevent flight if they’re deemed a risk. What this state lacks in is Dangerousness Hearings, the Governor recently gave a statement that this area is where the Commonwealth needs revamping to keep the proven harmful individuals behind bars where they belong

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He's likely to make (via a bondsman) even with a higher amount. The question is if he's a threat. The judge, who sees a lot more of these cases then normal citizens, didn't think he was enough of a risk to hold him without bail.

He's still going to trial.

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in MA have not had the best record in deciding who's a risk and who isn't, especially recently.

My point is that anyone who who beats down, kicks and robs a defenseless disabled man should have a much higher bail than $2000. This man is clearly a threat to the public.

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$10k? $50k? $1,000,000?

If he's released on bail he's still free. I'd rather he be convicted quickly and do a long time in jail then quibble about some amount of money which really doesn't matter if he'll make bail regardless.

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My point is that anyone who IS ACCUSED OF beating down, kicking and robbing a defenseless disabled man should have a much higher bail than $2000.

(fixed that for you according to a two hundred thirty year old constitution)

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Wrongly accused and convicted because the cops couldn't look past black + freckles.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/05/14/shawn-drumgold-paid-million...

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My point is that anyone who who beats down, kicks and robs a defenseless disabled man should have a much higher bail than $2000. This man is clearly a threat to the public.

How do you, personally, know that he did that?

If only we had some sort of process where the people accusing him could present their side of the story, where he could present his side of the story, and a group of carefully chosen members of the public could decide, with the whole thing overseen by a government agency operating under well defined rules.

How would you feel about that?

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Give him a fair trial.

And then, if guilty, sentence him to the max.

A neighbor of mine just got charged with distributing nudes of unsuspecting person. From what I read he can't plead for a reduced sentence. Has to cop to it or take it to trial.

I'm not up on the latest law but assaulting disabled or elderly person should be up there with the most heinous of crimes with maximum penalties.

No slaps on the wrist or 2nd chances for this stuff.

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Lucky he didn't have a can spray paint on him or it could have been a lot higher!

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Lost on some of you.

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To make sure someone appears for trial. But this guy is obviously dangerous so why did he get bail in the first place?

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You know him?

He's been convicted of a violent crime?

Cops accusing you of a crime is not the same as having done that crime or being convicted of that crime.

Maybe this guy can help you with the nuances that you miss here: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/05/14/shawn-drumgold-paid-million...

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Look, I don't want to defend this guy. He's scum. He should be locked away. But unless you know more of his legal history than is shown, it's tough to say that, pre-conviction, at this stage in his life, he should be held without bail before trial.

He shows up at court, gets a fair trial, then (maybe, hopefully) gets convicted. That's the time when the hand wringing about length of time in jail should start. If he starts skipping court dates or ends up arrested for similar crimes or worse, then he gets locked up.

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Anyone notice the article addressed him as a teen.? Technically that is the case however I always considered 19 to be a young adult.

Keep it up Adam! Longtime reader!

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What is the second syllable of the word? He's an adult, but he's also a teen.

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Is the victim the man who would sit in the Common near the arepas cart and yell out the sports scores and weather for the day? Either way, crimes like this make my stomach turn.

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The town crier! Haven't been in town for a while to place the face.

But regardless is there a GoFundMe page for this poor gent, if he needs it?

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What makes you think that? I sure hope that's not the case.

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I really like this guy and always give him some bucks whenever I see him. I'd hate to think that he was attacked.

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If you attack someone over the age of 60, or disabled in Massachusetts I believe that the Legislature has mandated a minimum sentence of 1 year, unless the Justice gives a written explanation of why not.

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After taking a peek at this criminal’s facbook page it seems like he lives in Brockton but makes his way to Boston every day to sell drugs while simultaneously talking about being self-made. Now how can I look at his page for 30 seconds and know he’s up to no good but law enforecement can’t figure this out while he’s on our streets (not his own Brockton streets) all day pointing guns, sitting on cars smoking weed, and contributing nothing to society. And last but not least robbing a disabled handicapped person of their iphone???

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Ride the red line or walk through Downtown Crossing?

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Even judges don't like to sit in traffic.

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They certainly don't use public transportation.

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''Surveillance cameras on the corner of Winter and Tremont streets showed Turner being beaten near a Bank of America ATM.''

Maybe the ATM was being staked out for a vulnerable customer , and this guy fit the bill. Could have been anybody that used the machine, so be careful out there, evil is every where !

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