TURNERS FALLS, MA – Police have arrested six people in connection to the abduction and beating of a homeless teenager.
According to Montague Police Staff Sergeant Chip Dodge, a family got pissed after their 14-year-old daughter told them she had been hit by Branden Stebbins, a 19-year-old homeless teenager.
The girl’s mother, Dawn Shafer, decided not to contact police and inform them of her daughter’s allegations and reportedly asked a few friends to help her track down Stebbins and give him the what-for.
When they finally found the teen in a park, the group decided to dole out a bit of street justice. After duct taping the teen, they placed him in their vehicle and brought him back to their home where a neighbor watched seven people beat Stebbins with baseball bats.
Before police arrived, the group placed Stebbins back in the vehicle and had already left the scene. This is also about the time that Johny Lopez, one of Stebbins’ attackers and the alleged ringleader, threatened to rape and murder Stebbins.
Deciding not to find out if Lopez was serious on either of his threats, Stebbins jumped out of the moving vehicle. Despite having his arm ran over, Stebbins was able to run away and flag down a motorist to help.
Stebbins would be treated and released from the hospital while police tracked down and arrested Johny Lopez, Seth Lemieux, Robin Shafer, Marcus Thompson, Gina Artruc, and Dawn Shafer.
For their part in Stebbins’ beating, whether he deserved it or not, they face multiple charges including kidnapping and assault. Police are still looking for Kyle Holden.Tags: Beating, Branden Stebbins, Crime, Dawn Schafer, homeless, Johny Lopez, Kidnapping, Massachusetts