Joseph Ward, 37, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after he allegedly followed a man out of Anna’s Taqueria in Brookline late Sunday and pushed him. The incident stems from the accusation that Ward has upset in the time it took the man to order.
The victim told the police that Ward allegedly pushed the him to the ground just after calling him a “f****** homeless a******”.
The man admitted to officers that after Ward asked him to hurry up, he told him they could take it outside, but did not think they would get into a physical altercation, according to a police report obtained by INSIDE EDITION.
A witness claims that while outside, Ward allegedly pushed the man to the ground calling him a “homeless f***,”
After the man fell to his knees, Ward allegedly threw a bottle that hit the alleged victim in the back and threw food at the man, the witness told police.
Ward allegedly then straddled the man on the ground continuing his assault until a woman yelled at him to stop, according to a witness.
That witness told police she saw Ward “really hitting a guy on the ground, he punched him multiple times and kicked him on the side,” the police report notes.
Police said Ward allegedly fled the scene and was found by them shortly thereafter, telling cops: “I know what this is about and I did punch him.”
He claimed to only have punched the victim and did not kick him, according to police .
The alleged victim was taken to a local hospital to be treated for a laceration to his right eyebrow.
Ward, who has served as a firefighter with the Brookline Fire Department for almost 10 years, was placed on administrative leave following the incident, the department told INSIDE EDITION.
The department said it plans to take “appropriate action when it has concluded its investigation.”
He was released on Tuesday on his own recognizance by Judge Mary Dacey White, who ordered him to have no contact with the alleged victim or witnesses. The government had requested $10,000 bail.
Benjamin Urbelis, Ward’s attorney, told INSIDE EDITION: “We’re pleased that despite the fact that the government asked for $10,000 bail, Mr. Ward was released on his own recognizance today. He’s a 10 year veteran and a respected member of the Brookline Fire Department.”
Urbelis also said he requested a copy of security video from the restaurant where the alleged altercation began. “The investigation is still ongoing, so we’re looking to gather as much information as possible,” he said.
Ward is due back in court on November 19 for a pretrial conference.