Two arrested in Worcester paintball assaults

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WORCESTER — Two individuals have been arrested in connection with a series of paintball attacks on pedestrians, Worcester Police reported.

The incidents, which took place on Feb. 9, involved a gray Honda Civic from which a male fired paintballs at people on the street.

Victims described being shot at by the vehicle’s occupants, and paint was observed on those who came forward.

Following the reports, a Be On the Lookout (BOLO) alert was issued for the vehicle, with descriptions provided by the victims.

On Feb. 10, at approximately 12:05 a.m., a Worcester Police officer on After Hours patrol spotted the Honda Civic speeding from Pleasant to Hudson St. The officer pursued the vehicle and confirmed the license plate matched the one involved in the previous day’s incidents.

The officer initiated a stop on Townsend St.

Upon the vehicle coming to a halt, a male passenger fled on foot toward Pleasant St. but was subsequently apprehended.

He was identified as a 16-year-old minor.

The driver, 19-year-old David Asemani of Standish St., was found to have a suspended license and was arrested at the scene.

A paintball gun was also recovered from the car.

Both individuals are facing multiple counts of Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon.

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