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Man pleads not guilty to snatching cane, beating disabled man at Andrew Square bus station

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The 20-year-old man who allegedly beat a disabled man over the weekend with the man’s own cane, told police his father used to abuse him, which triggered the violence he showed against another vulnerable person, according to court documents.

Miguel Velasquez, a diminutive man from Guatemala who worked as a painter, stole a 44-year-old man’s cane, beat him in the chest, then walked away with the cane, according to police and prosecutors.

Velasquez pleaded not guilty to charges of unarmed robbery and assault and battery on a disabled person in South Boston District Court this afternoon.

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