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January 17, 2013

Suspects in attack on Andover man claim self defense

In years past, MacDougal Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village attracted the likes of singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, novelists Ernest Hemingway and Jack Kerouac and celebrities such as Marlon Brando and a young John F. Kennedy.

It was once even home to Eleanor Roosevelt, who lived in a townhouse there after the death of her husband, President Franklin Roosevelt. A cafe on the street was featured in the move “The Godfather.”

Today, MacDougal Street is a trendy destination for people, mostly the young.

“It’s a huge bar area ... a major night life spot,” Steve Brown, a reporter for The Daily News, said yesterday. He is among New York City reporters covering the savage beating of Kevin McCarron, 24, of Andover, early Sunday morning.

It’s not unusual for groups of people to be out at all hours of the day and night on MacDougal Street, which is also near the New York University campus.

That was the case about 5 a.m. when a group of nine people including McCarron, left the Artichoke Pizza at 111 MacDougal St., and crossed paths with some young people from the New York City area and got into a quarrel, according to New Y ork police.

Amateur video apparently shows McCarron on the street being severely beaten. A passerby recorded video of the beating that appeared on YouTube, The Daily News and other media. It has since been taken down from YouTube.

New York police say McCarron was beaten unconscious with a bat, tire iron and blackjack and stomped as he lay on the ground. He suffered a fractured skull and serious internal injuries. His brother, Patrick, sustained less serious injuries, according to reports.

The NYPD arrested two men — Hatem Farsakh, 24, and Sherif Rizk, 22, both of Brooklyn. They were charged with attempted murder, assault and gang assault.

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