By Paul Burton

LYNN (CBS) — Two men were arrested after Lynn Police say they beat and raped another man in his apartment.

Police said they were called to an apartment in a large multi-family building on Chase Street shortly after midnight.

They found a 48-year-old man badly beaten. He was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Lynn resident Brian Rogers says the man has had problems before.

“He’s been robbed and beat up before but not this bad obviously,” Rogers said. “I saw him with different gentleman at time they looked shady,”

Two men, 31-year-old John Michelin and 50-year-old Darrin Stephens, were arrested.

They are facing a number of charges, including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and aggravated rape.

“Around here it’s not that safe. A guy got stabbed over there so it’s not surprising,” neighbor Colin Leveque said.

Alecia Johnson, a neighbor, told WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton that she had heard about incidents in the same building before.

Another neighbor said he wasn’t surprised by the violence.

“A lot of people around here just don’t seem to get along,” he said.

The incident is still under investigation.

Michelin and Stephens are expected to be arraigned Monday morning in Lynn District Court.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karyn Regal reports


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