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Boston man, daughters charged with allegedly attacking security guard at movie theater




Boston police responded to AMC South Bay Center 12 at 25 District Ave. just before 8:30 p.m. on Friday.

A Boston man and his two daughters were arrested Friday following a disturbance at a movie theater in Dorchester, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden.

Freddie Bates, 47, is facing charges of carrying a firearm without a license, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, assault and battery, affray, trespassing, and disorderly conduct after he allegedly assaulted a security guard at the theater.

Boston police responded to AMC South Bay Center 12 at 25 District Ave. just before 8:30 p.m. on Friday.


Theater staff alleged that Bates, while visiting the theater with his four daughters at the time, had made some comments, which left female employees feeling uncomfortable. This included asking them out on dates, the district attorney said.

Security eventually asked Bates to leave after he “became aggressive and started screaming profanities at one of the guards,” a release from the district attorney’s office noted.

Bates is also accused of punching a security guard in the face while police were on the scene, resulting in a physical fight with the guard. As this was happening, two of his daughters also allegedly punched the guard.

“During the altercation, the guard’s firearm fell off his waistband and was later recovered outside in a balled-up jacket held by one of Bates’s daughters,” a release from the district attorney’s office noted. “Officers returned the firearm to the security guard after confirming he was properly licensed.”

After arresting Bates, officers found a Hopkins & Allen .22 caliber pistol, which was loaded with five rounds, Hayden said.

One of the two daughters, who had punched the guard earlier, spit at the guard after witnessing her dad get arrested, the prosecutor said.

The two daughters, ages 16 and 17, were arrested and arraigned in Boston Juvenile Court, according to the district attorney.


The 16-year-old is facing charges of larceny of a firearm, assault and battery, possession of a firearm without a license, and possession of ammunition without a license.

The 17-year-old is facing charges of assault and battery and disorderly conduct.

Bates was ordered held Tuesday pending a dangerousness hearing, which has been scheduled for Thursday.

The prosecutor noted that Bates has a 25-page criminal record with both violent and non-violent offenses including assault and battery, indecent assault and battery, larceny, illegal firearm possession, and violating a probation order.

“It is disturbing that this individual’s behavior, with his daughters present, resulted in physical violence and multiple arrests,” Hayden said in the statement. “The presence of an illegal firearm makes the incident even more frightening. I applaud the security guards for the restraint they showed in their efforts to de-escalate the situation. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured, and the licensed firearm was quickly recovered.”

Source: Boston Globe


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