ATTLEBORO — Two city men were charged today in Attleboro District Court with the mugging of a 61-year-old man on Dean Street last week.
The suspects, Danny Concul, 21, of 314 South Main St., and Daniel Donovan, 20, of 49 Benefit St., Apt. 2, were ordered held in jail on $5,000 cash bail after pleading innocent to armed assault with intent to rob, conspiracy, and assault and battery on a person over 60, police said.
They were arrested Friday night at their homes after a 61-year-old man told police he was attacked as he was walking on Dean Street, near Foster Street Thursday night. The victim did not report the incident to police until Friday because he feared retaliation, prosecutors said.
The victim told police he was walking home after eating dinner at the Pleasant Street Bar and Grill Thursday night when he was assaulted by two men who followed him on Dean Street.
“They were speaking loudly and he didn’t think anything of it,” Assistant District Attorney Erin Aiello said during a bail hearing, reading from a police report.
One of the men said, “Hey, you ignoring me?,” before the men grabbed him and demanded his wallet, Aiello said.
One of the assailants told the victim he had a knife although he never saw one. A cell phone was pushed into his neck by one of the assailants, Aiello said.
One of the suspects punched the victim in the face several times, causing cuts and bruises, according to police.
The victim described his assailants as white males between 18 and 21. One was 5-feet 11 inches tall and the other 5-feet 9 inches.
The assault was interrupted by two men who yelled at the assailants, who ran off and drove away in a car, according to police. The witnesses told police they recognized the assailants.
Benjamin Evans, a public defender representing Donovan, said the witnesses did not come forward until a relative of the victim sent out messages on Facebook.
“There is some question about what exactly happened,” Evans said.
While Aiello requested $10,000 cash bail citing the seriousness of the allegations, Evans and North Attleboro lawyer Brian Roman, who presented Concul, asked the judge to set bail at $500.
Judge Daniel O’Shea denied the prosecution’s request to revoke Donovan’s bail on a pending drug case in Stoughton District Court and set $5,000 cash on both defendants.
The suspects were arrested Friday night at their homes after an investigation by officers Robert Miller, Brendan Manning and Detective Kevin Fuoco.