Michael J. Skehill, 19, of Westwood, was attacked from behind and thrown to the ground during the Sunday show, police said. The man who jumped on Skehill punched him in the ribs and another man kicked him in the head, witnesses told police.
Mansfield police said they obtained arrest warrants for six suspects Thursday morning, and by late afternoon, four were in custody. Two other men were arrested early Friday.
Perry M. DiMascio II, 20, was ordered held without bail after his bail on a pending drunken driving case was revoked. He also faces charges of passing a counterfeit $20 bill at the Comcast Center at a previous concert.
Kevin A. Anderson, 21, was ordered held with bail set at $5,000 cash. He faces a probation violation hearing for a previous alcohol-related case.
DiMascio and Anderson were also charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon: a shod foot. Police said they kicked the victim.
Michael Adams, 21, was ordered held in with bail set at $5,000 cash. He faces a probation violation hearing related to a previous alcohol-related case and faces charges of keeping a disorderly house related to a college party.
Brendan C. McCulloch, 22, was ordered held with bail set at $5,000 cash, which the judge set citing a 2008 assault case.
Bail for Daniel Morizio, 21, and Shane A. Dossantos, 20, were each set at $2,500 cash.
Skehill, a graduate of Xaverian Brothers High School, was flown to Boston Medical Center where he underwent surgery to remove his spleen. A pancreas injury is preventing him from eating, and he was put in a medically induced coma.
Police said the incident appears to have started over a girl, who briefly asked Skehill a question about a tattoo he has, and they said it was likely exacerbated by underage drinking.
“He would have died. He had lost two liters of blood and, basically, he would have died,” said Skehill’s mother, Carol, explaining that her son was saved by a security guard and an EMT who acted quickly to save him.
Police said several young men blindsided Skehill near the top of the lawn section during the concert Sunday night. Skehill’s mother said he doesn’t remember much about the attack.
“He remembers being beat up and he remembers trying to protect himself at this point because there was really nothing else he could do,” Carol Skehill said.
Police said witnesses “disgusted” by the attack came forward naming the suspects, all described as men in their early 20s. Skehill said if not for their help, it’s unlikely arrests would have been made.
“There’s no surveillance cameras there, you know, there’s 7,000 people out on the lawn. You know, how are they ever going to find these people?” Carol Skehill said. “I’m so glad. I mean, people don’t step up anymore and those people did. And we’re really grateful.”