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Man accused of hate crime after Revere Beach hammer attack

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A Revere man is accused of swinging a hammer and shouting racial slurs at several African-American and Hispanic people at Revere Beach Sunday afternoon, an incident described by State Police as a hate crime.

One of the victims, an 18-year-old Hispanic man from Lowell, was hit and suffered minor injuries, State Police said, but he declined medical transport.

Gianpaolo M. Cerretani, 24, was arrested by State Police, who said the altercation began around 4:20 p.m. when he allegedly took a child’s football near the beach’s bandstand.

A group of people from Boston and Everett — ranging in age from 16 to 20 — returned the ball, which enraged Cerretani, according to State Police.

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After Cerretani allegedly lashed out at the group with the hammer, some of the victims were able to take the hammer from Cerretani. Authorities said he suffered cuts on his forehead in the process.

Police arrived, and Cerretani continued to shout at members of the group and police even after the was handcuffed.

“I’ll take you too,” he said to a trooper, according to a statement from State Police. He also allegedly called one of the troopers a “pig.”

Cerretani allegedly resisted police as they took him under guard to Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett. At the hospital, police said, he made a racist comment to an African-American security guard.

Cerretani was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon, a civil rights violation, threats to commit a crime, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

His bail was set at $1,040 cash, police said, and as of Sunday evening he remained in custody. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday morning in Chelsea District Court.


Reena Karasin can be reached at reena.karasin@globe.com.