Crime

Man arrested after allegedly pushing teen girl off Cohasset bridge into water below

Wayne Aikens, 57, was arraigned Monday morning in Quincy District Court on several charges.

A Wakefield man was arrested after allegedly pushing a teenage girl off a bridge in Cohasset on Friday into the water 10 to 15 feet below and punching a teen boy who confronted him.

Wayne Aikens, 57, was charged with indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, reckless endangerment of a child, and three counts of simple assault and battery, according to Cohasset police. He was arraigned Monday morning in Quincy District Court.

Police responded to the Border Street Bridge at about 4:30 p.m. Friday “for a report of an intoxicated man harassing minors on the bridge.” At the scene, officers spoke to a witness and then a teen boy, who told police Aikens had approached a group he was with and encouraged them to jump off the bridge into the water.

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“When one indicated she did not wish to jump, Aikens allegedly placed his hands around her waist and push her twice,” police said. “The second push caused the teen to fall approximately 10-15 feet into the water below.”

The girl was not injured, according to police.

Aikens also allegedly punched a teen boy in the arm who confronted him.

The bridge is a popular place to jump from but still can be dangerous, locals told 7News

“The kid could get pulled with the current and go down the rapids and get really hurt,” Libby Canfield said. “If they haven’t done it before and keep their feet up, they could get really hurt, especially getting thrown over and not prepared.”

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