A Hopkinton man is facing a charge that he assaulted and seriously injured a disabled man in November, Middlesex prosecutors said.
“These are disturbing allegations that the defendant assaulted someone he knew was permanently disabled,” District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a statement.
Terrence Vogel, 28, was arraigned Monday in Middlesex Superior Court on a charge of assault and battery on a disabled person. Vogel was released on his own recognizance with the condition he stay away from the victim, who was a former friend of his.
On Nov. 17, at about 10:10 p.m., police were called to the Woodville Rod and Gun Club in Hopkinton, where they discovered the disabled victim suffering from multiple injuries, prosecutors said.
Vogel and the victim were at a neighborhood party at the club when they went outside to discuss some recent strains to their friendship. During the conversation, Vogel allegedly became angry and pushed the victim to the ground, causing him to strike his head on the pavement.
The victim was knocked unconscious after hitting the pavement, and suffered various injuries, including a temporal bone fracture, a scalp laceration, and hearing loss, prosecutors said.
The victim had previously suffered a spinal cord injury and was permanently disabled.
Vogel’s next court date is Oct. 3 for a pretrial hearing, prosecutors said.Jasper can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @Jasper_Craven