BOSTON — Boston police have charged a Goodwill store employee with beating a 72-year-old man in a wheelchair.

Twenty-three-year-old Marques Bell of Boston was arraigned Friday in Municipal Court on a charge of assault and battery on an elderly or disabled person causing injury. He was released on $500 bail.

Police were called to the Goodwill store Aug. 23 for a reported assault. Officers say the man in the wheelchair tried to enter the store at about 7:20 p.m. but was turned away because the store was closed.

Authorities say Bell allegedly punched the man in the wheelchair repeatedly, grabbed the man’s cane and threatened him with it.

Police obtained security camera footage that showed the assault and arrested Bell on Thursday night.

Bell declined to comment Friday night.

VIAThe Associated Press
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