Man hit with baseball bat after trying to break up fight at Chelmsford park

A 45-year-old man was hit with a baseball bat when he attempted to break up a fight at Varney Park in Chelmsford, police said.

The incident began when a fight broke out during a basketball game Monday evening at the Adams Street park. When the man tried to stop the altercation, he was assaulted by two suspects, who then fled the scene in a car, police said.


Chelmsford police responded just before 7 p.m. and were able to detain two people. Officers also found a baseball bat at the scene.

Zachary Laporte, 17, of Nashua, N.H., was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct. David Garcia, 41, of Peabody will be summonsed and charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct. A 14-year-old male from Lowell was a passenger in the vehicle and was arrested on two outstanding warrants.

Police said the victim declined to be taken to the hospital, but said he planned to seek treatment on his own.

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