Court officer arraigned on assault and battery charge after North End attack

A North End man and court officer at the Charlestown Division of Boston Municipal Court was arraigned Wednesday on charges that he attacked and severely injured a man in a Salem Street residential building, District Attorney Kevin Hayden announced. 

Anthony Firicano, 53, was charged in the Central Division of BMC with assault and battery resulting in serious bodily injury. Assistant District Attorney Alexander Jones requested that Firicano be held on $15,000 bail, surrender all firearms and stay away from the victim and witnesses. Judge Erika Reis set bail at $1,000 and ordered Firicano to surrender all firearms, stay away from the victim and witnesses and the location of the incident, stay in Massachusetts and enroll in an anger management course. 

Firicano will return to court October 7. 

Jones said that on August 30, Firicano approached the victim and complained about the noise involved with the victim’s friend moving a couch. He threatened to shoot and kill the victim and the friend.  He then punched the victim in the face and pushed him down a fight of stairs.  The victim broke multiple bones in his legs, requiring surgery. 

Jones said that Firicano has a history of making threats to people in the building and at a nearby business.  The threats have included blowing up buildings, shooting people and physically assaulting people. 

“The injuries inflicted by this brutal attack will affect this victim’s life for a long time, and the psychological impacts could last even longer.  The fact that the person responsible is a court officer is deeply concerning. The work of any law enforcement officer is to protect people, not endanger them,” Hayden said.

All charged individuals are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden’s office serves the communities of Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop, Mass. The office handles over 20,000 cases a year. More than 160 attorneys in the office practice in nine district and municipal courts, Suffolk Superior Court, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the Supreme Judicial Court, and the Boston Juvenile Courts. The office employs some 300 people and offers a wide range of services and programs to serve anyone who comes in contact with the criminal justice system. This office is committed to educating the public about the services we provide, our commitment to crime prevention, and our dedication to keeping the residents of Suffolk County safe.

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