Dorchester man accused of assaulting lifeguard at Cambridge pool, threatening to ‘shoot place up’

MEDFORD — A 22-year-old Dorchester man accused of assaulting a lifeguard at a public pool Thursday and threatening to “shoot the place up” was ordered held on $25,000 bail at his arraignment in Cambridge District Court today.

Antwon Perkins pleaded not guilty t0 charges of assaulting a public employee, assault with a dangerous weapon, threatening to commit a crime, and disorderly conduct.

According to Middlesex Assistant District Attorney Clarence Brown, Perkins came to the McCrehan Pool in Cambridge Thursday afternoon looking for a male lifeguard who Perkins claimed had been texting his girlfriend, who also works at the pool.

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According to Brown, Perkins punched a male lifeguard 10 to 12 times in the head and torso before two other pool employees pulled Perkins off him.

Brown alleged that Perkins also threatened the two employees.

“You are lucky I don’t have my .45 with me,” Brown quoted Perkins as saying to the employees. “I am going to go get it and come back and kill you and shoot the place up.”

According to Brown, Perkins left the pool, accompanied by his girlfriend, but came back to the pool minutes later. At that time, a pool employee allegedly overheard Perkins on his cellphone saying “I’m going to kill somebody here,’’ Brown said.

When state troopers arrived, Perkins fled, but he was arrested near the Alewife MBTA station a few minutes later, Brown said. He said Perkins allegedly admitted to assaulting the lifeguard.

Perkins is currently facing charges in Dorchester Municipal Court for larceny and intimidating a witness, Brown said.

In court, Perkins’s attorney, Ismail Mohammed, asked District Court Judge Roanne Sragow to release Perkins without setting a cash bail.

“There is nothing to indicate that he would immediately or imminently carry out those threats,” Mohammed told the judge. “This was mere puffery on his part, maybe a small sense of bravado.”

Sragow was not convinced.

“This more than just bravado,” she said as she set bail for Perkins at $25,000 cash.