DRACUT — Two New Hampshire men were arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court this week in connection with a September assault in a business parking lot.
Jeremy Stephenson, 36 of Plaistow, was charged with violation of constitutional rights with bodily injury, assault and battery to intimidate with bodily injury and three counts of perjury.
James Stephenson, 39 of Salem, was charged with violation of constitutional rights with bodily injury, assault and battery to intimidate with bodily injury and wanton destruction of property.
Neither Jeremy nor James were arrested, but they were summoned to court. The arraignment was their first court appearance, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s office.
The alleged assault took place on Sept. 27 in a 7-Eleven parking lot by Pizza Palace, at 1217 Mammoth Road, where the suspects encountered the victim – a 22-year-old Dracut man.
According to a press release from the Middlesex District Attorney’s office, the suspects verbally accosted the victim and then physically assaulted him.
Witnesses reported that both men were yelling racial slurs at the victim, the press release said.
The victim was pushed through a plate glass window after which the two men continued to attack him. According to the press release, the victim stabbed Jeremy with a shard of glass in self-defense causing Jeremy to run away.
“James allegedly became enraged and remained engaged in the physical altercation, tackling the victim, continuing to strike him, call him racial slurs and make threats including allegedly stating, ‘you should go back to Africa,’ ” the press release said.
A Middlesex Grand Jury indicted the suspects on Nov. 13.
According to the press release, Jeremy Stephenson allegedly perjured himself regarding three separate facts material to the investigation, when called before the grand jury.
“This community will not tolerate the hate and violence exhibited during this attack,” Dracut Police Chief Peter Bartlett said in the press release. “I’m extremely proud of the hard work done by Dracut officers, detectives and the District Attorney’s office for their relentless pursuit of justice in this case.”
Both suspects were released on personal recognizance on the condition that they stay away from and have no contact with the victim and witnesses.
The next court date is set for Dec. 19 in Lowell Superior Court.
The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Dracut police investigated the case. The prosecutor assigned to this case is Daniel Harren and the victim witness advocate is Dora Quiroz.