FITCHBURG — After beating up a Leominster man and stealing his wallet, cell phone and motor vehicle, two city men are facing several charges, including robbery, assault and battery and larceny, said a police department spokesman.
On Tuesday at about 9:40 p.m., according to police Capt. Steven Giannani, the 20-year-old man was lured to the Hilltop Estates area of Columbus Street supposedly to see a woman.
When the victim arrived, Giannini said, he was jumped by a “group of men” and beaten, had his wallet, keys, cell phone and vehicle stolen.
The victim then walked to a home on Fairmount Street and knocked on the door of a home and told its occupant he needed help, he said.
Police responded and began looking for the make and model of the vehicle. Soon after, said Giannini, there was a report of a vehicle crashing into the woods near Parkhill Park.
When officers arrived, they spotted two men fleeing the scene.
Officers caught and placed into custody Asuncion Montemonio, 19, of 200 Columbus St., Apt. 1, said Giannini.
After a short investigation, police identified Angel Rafael Massanet, 23, of 48 Walnut St., Apt. 3, who was known to the victim who was not seriously injured but taken to UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton for treatment, he said.
Montemonio was charged with unarmed robbery, larceny of a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property of over $1,200.
Massanet was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and unarmed robbery.
Giannini said one of the suspect had a “personal beef” with the victim and that the assault was not a random act.
Both were held in lieu of posting a $1,000 cash bail or a $10,000 surety bond.
In the investigative report, police said they believe a third man was involved in the incident.