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Four Turners men accused of beating, robbing a fifth

TURNERS FALLS — A local man was hospitalized after four acquaintances allegedly beat and robbed him on the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge.

After his release from the hospital, Toby Dobias, 40, told police that he required emergency surgery to a broken ankle and would not be able to walk for four to six months while he healed, according to a police report filed by Patrolman Joshua Hoffman.

Two suspects were arraigned in Greenfield District Court Tuesday.

Demetrius White, 28, of Fifth Street, and Darnell Turner, 20, of Fourth Street, are charged with unarmed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and disorderly conduct.

Joseph Auger, 22, of L Street, will be summoned to court on similar charges, police said.

Dion Cadiz, 22, of L Street, is sought by police on similar charges and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

The alleged victim stated that he was walking across the bridge toward Gill with the four men and another, un-involved individual, early Sunday morning after drinking at a local bar, according to Hoffman.

Shortly after they began to cross the bridge, wrote Hoffman, Auger whispered something to one of the other men, then pushed the victim to the ground. All four of the accused men then punched and kicked the victim while he lay on the ground, trying to shield his face and body, according to Hoffman.

Auger was brought to the police station for questioning, where he admitted his role in the attack and implicated the others, according to Hoffman. Auger pushed the victim to the ground after he became upset with the man’s sexual advances toward him, according to the report.

Auger told Hoffman that Cadiz took the victim’s wallet after the attack and removed two $20 bills, resulting in the robbery charges.

The victim told Hoffman that a fifth acquaintance stayed with him and helped him after the attack.

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