An off-duty New Jersey police officer and a Philadelphia man have been charged with the assault of a Boston College hockey player at a Domino’s pizza shop in January.
Daniel Hunt, 27, of Barrington, New Jersey, is charged with assault and battery, and Ian Salerno, 29, of Philadelphia, is charged with aggravated assault and battery, the Suffolk District Attorney’s office said in a statement.
Hunt, an off-duty officer with the Haddon Heights Police Department in New Jersey, and Salerno were with a group visiting Boston for a gathering, according to authorities. The event went into the early-morning hours of January 19, when they arrived at the Boylston Street pizza restaurant.
Kevin Lohan, a 24-year-old graduate student and member of the hockey team at Boston College, was also in the shop with a different group of people, according to the DA’s office. Lohan is a cousin of actress Lindsay Lohan.
Prosecutors said Hunt confronted and then pushed the hockey player, starting a fight. While members of both groups attempted to break up the altercation, Salerno allegedly came up behind Lohan and punched the 6-foot-5, 217-pound defenseman in the jaw, knocking him to the ground.
Lohan underwent surgery, had to have his jaw wired shut for three weeks, and had permanent metal plates implanted in his jaw and cheek as a result of the blow, according to prosecutors.
Security footage from a nearby bar, social media posts, and witness statements were used to identify Hunt and Salerno, the DA’s office said.
The two men are due back for arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court on Aug. 1.