BOSTON (CBS) – A Somerville man is accused of beating a wounded veteran who told him and a second man to stop urinating on a Boston street.

Authorities say 26-year-old James Plunkett and a second man were urinating near the corner of Charles and Pinckney Streets at around 1:30am Monday morning. The 29-year-old wounded Army veteran was walking with his wife and told them to “put it away” so they could pass by.

Prosecutors say they began arguing and the two men followed the couple to their car. Both men allegedly punched the victim until he fell to the ground. Plunkett allegedly continued to kick and punch him when he was on the ground.

“It’s just disgusting that anyone, much less a man injured in service to his country, would be attacked like this on the streets of Boston,” Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley said in a statement.

The victim was treated for a broken nose, facial injuries and a broken bone in his hand. The man’s wife was able to identify the suspects for police.

Plunkett was arraigned Monday on charges of assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, his foot. He was ordered held on $1,000 bail. Police say the second man may be charged in the near future.

The veteran had just returned home after being wounded in an explosion in Iraq.


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