Fight Over Southie Parking Spot Ends In Assault Charges
BOSTON (CBS) — A fight over a parking space in Southie sent one man to the hospital with a broken jaw, Wednesday afternoon.
A judge ordered 32-year-old Juan Beltran-Rivera held on $1,000 cash bail and to stay away from the victim at his arraignment for allegedly assaulting someone over age 65.
Police say he punched a man who was upset Beltran-Rivera took a parking space he had shoveled out.
Beltran-Rivera’s lawyers said he thought he was the one being attacked and the man grabbed his coat, spit on his car and used a racial slur against him.
At the scene, Beltran-Rivera told police things got out of hand.
And neighbors say they’re usually cordial around East Eighth & Mercer.
But it was around those streets, a 66-year-old man paid to have a spot cleared for him Wednesday.
When he returned home, the man said he found Beltran-Rivera parked in the spot and that’s when it got ugly.
Keeley Callahan’s family could hear the scuffle.
“I wouldn’t fight over a parking space but you know, the snow is terrible so I kind of get it,” Callahan said.
It is legal to use a space saver after a storm, but only if there’s a declared snow emergency.