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November 27, 2002

Father of raped teen charged with beating up Hispanic man

From: Somerville Journal, MA - 27 Nov 2002

By Hillary Chabot / Journal Staff
Wednesday, November 27, 2002

The father of a disabled girl who was allegedly raped by MS-13 gang members in October was arrested and charged with beating up a Latino man, police said.

Brian Sevoich, 38, is still in jail after being arrested Sunday night for allegedly attacking a Guatemalan man as he walked by Sevoich's 54 Mt. Vernon St. apartment and stealing $200 from him.

Police do not believe the crime was revenge-motivated.

"It was more like a robbery," Somerville Police Lt. Frank Kelley said.

According to police reports, Sevoich's deaf and disabled daughter was allegedly pulled from her wheelchair and gang raped in Foss Park on Oct. 24 by at least three men who police say are alleged members of MS-13, a mainly Latino gang originating from El Salvador.

According to police, the 40-year-old victim was walking home from the Sullivan Square T station at 9:15 p.m., when Sevoich allegedly jumped out from an alley near his home and attacked the victim from behind. The victim is not a known member of MS-13, police said.

The 40-year-old does not speak much English, but heard Sevoich say, "I'm going to kill you," as he punched the victim in the face and stomach, reports state.

As Sevoich continued hitting the man, police said, he grabbed $200 from the victim's pocket. The victim managed to get away, police said, and ran down Mt. Vernon Street to a group outside 75 Mt. Vernon St. who called the police after seeing the victim.

The Guatemalan man was badly bruised and cut on his head and was bleeding from his face, police said. When police arrived, the victim told them where the attack had occurred, and police questioned the apartments in the area. The victim saw Sevoich and immediately identified him, reports state.

Sevoich, 38, was arrested and charged with assault and unarmed robbery. He is still in jail pending a parole revocation hearing, police said.

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