Boston man charged with hate crime after allegedly yelling slurs, attacking man with box cutter, snow shovel

Court documents indicate Eddie Smith’s motivation as “anti-gay.”

A Boston man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly attacking a man with a snow shovel and box cutter while screaming anti-gay slurs.

Eddie Smith, 58, was charged with a hate crime.

Officers found a 25-year-old man bleeding from a deep cut above his eye around noon at the corner of Tremont and Prentiss streets, according to the police report.

The man told police he had been attacked with a snow shovel and box cutter.

He said he was walking down the street when Smith started calling him slurs related to his sexual orientation. When he confronted Smith for calling him names, Smith allegedly swung a snow shovel and hit him.


As the two fought over the shovel, Smith allegedly pulled a box cutter out of his pocket and slashed at the man, cutting him above his eye.

Court documents indicate Smith’s motivation as “anti-gay.”

Two witnesses told police they saw Smith hit the man with a snow shovel and saw him “bleeding profusely” from his head.

Police dogs tracked Smith’s footprints through the snow and found him — with the snow shovel and box cutter — on Warren Street. According to the report, Smith told officers he was “involved in a confrontation with someone trying to take his snow shovel.”

The man who was attacked was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital for treatment. While there, he identified Smith as his assailant.

Smith was charged with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, one count of mayhem, and one count of a civil rights violation or hate crime.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court.

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