in Southie – UPDATED (12/19)
With snow season just beginning, Southie is already in a tizzy about saving spots (just go on twitter to read the frustration). As we all know, saving parking spots has been a time-honored tradition in South Boston passed on from generation to generation. We even have some unofficial rules of saving a spot – https://caughtinsouthie.com/tips/unofficial-rules. Love ’em or hate ’em – spot savers are a necessary evil to surviving winter in Southie. Retaliation for spot savers moved runs from a strongly worded note – (see photo of note here found on East Sixth St. on Tuesday morning) – to vandalism – (see below) to assault and battery on Wednesday (see below):
So the war continues with this battle ending with a 66-year old from Mercer Street in a pool of blood. On Wednesday, December 18th, a confrontation erupted between two neighbors in Southie over a parking spot. According to the Boston Herald, Boston police arrested 32 year-old Juan Beltran-Rivera and charged him with assault and battery on a person 65 or older. We all know how it went down – Beltran-Rivera parked in the elderly neighbor’s spot. The elderly neighbor said, “Hey, that’s my spot. You can’t park there.” Beltran-Rivera refuses to move. The argument escalates with elderly victim getting punched in the face.
Here is a report from www.bpdnews.com that involves, a saw horse, a nail gun, and some flat tires:
At about 5:11 PM, Sunday, December 15, 2013, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a radio call for Vandalism in Progress in the area of W. 4TH St., South Boston.
On arrival, officers spoke with the male victim who stated when he attempted to park his in front of his residence, he observed a saw horse in the parking spot. The victim stated he did not know the saw horse was placed there to hold the spot. He then moved the saw horse parked his vehicle.
Officers then spoke to a witness who stated he observed an unknown suspect shooting nails into the tires of the victim’s motor vehicle. The suspect then took the saw horse and fled on foot towards W. Broadway St. The suspect was described as a white male with facial hair, 5’10”, 180 lbs., approximately 40 years old and wearing a black jacket with a hood. The witness also stated that he observed a blue pickup truck, possibly a Ford F150 with a company name printed on the doors of the vehicle and it had been parked in the spot for the last couple of days. Police searched the area to no avail.
The Boston Police Department is actively investigating facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call District C-6 (South Boston) detectives at 617-343-4742.
Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling CrimeStoppers at 1(800) 494-TIPS (8477) or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of those wishing to remain anonymous.
We suspect a very pissed off carpenter.