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3 Watertown Residents Face Unarmed Robbery Charges After Incident in Linear Park

A 17-year-old was allegedly jumped by two young men while he was walking through Linear Park.

Police arrested two Watertown men and a 15-year-old boy will be summonsed to court for their involvement in an unarmed robbery of a Watertown teen in Linear Park.

The victim, a 17-year-old Watertown boy, had been receiving threatening calls from an acquaintance who said he owed him money, said Watertown Police Lt. Michael Lawn.

“The victim stated he never borrowed money, and stated he got threatened that if he didn’t pay he would get beaten up,” Lawn said.

On July 11, the teen was walking along Linear Park – the path running from near Town Hall to Waverley Avenue, near Moxley Park – when two young men, identified as Matthew Marchant and Michael Giunta, got out of a car and threatened the teen, Lawn said.

“Marchant ripped his backpack out of his hands, took it and they pushed and punched him,” Lawn said. “His eyeglasses were knocked to the ground and they stepped on the glasses and broke them.”

They took the bag, which contained a pair of Nike sneakers, some headphones and some books, Lawn said.

The two ran back to the car and left the area. Police received a description of the car, located the two men and arrested them.

Marchant, 20, of 150 Worcester Street in Watertown, and Giunta, 20, of 40 Rose Ave. in Watertown, both face charges of unarmed robbery and malicious destruction of property, Lawn said.

Police summonsed a 15-year-old Watertown boy to Waltham District Court on a charge of unarmed robbery, Lawn said. He was the one who allegedly called and threatened the victim.

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