Replacement Market Basket driver arraigned in hammer incident

The replacement Market Basket truck driver who was arrested last week after he allegedly confronted protesters with a hammer was arraigned this morning, officials said.

Ira Forbes, a 27-year-old man from Brooklyn, N.Y., was arrested Friday for allegedly exiting his truck and approaching protesters with a hammer outside the company’s Tewksbury warehouse, said David Wallace, spokesman for Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan.

Forbes was arraigned in Lowell District Court Monday morning on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct, Wallace said. Forbes was released on personal recognizance and is due back in court for a pretrial hearing Oct. 16.


Jon Dixon, a Market Basket employee who witnessed the incident at the protest, told the Globe Friday that the driver belligerently exited his truck’s cab after protesters heckled him and other replacement drivers on their way out of the warehouse.

“He was very, very aggressive,” Dixon said. “He was hanging out of the window of his cab.”

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