South Boston brothers charged in attack on homeless man sleeping outside JFK/UMass

State Police report Scott Leader, 38, and Steve Leader, 30, both of 375 Old Colony Ave., were on their way home from a Thursday-night Red Sox game when they decided to attack a homeless man they found wrapped in a sleeping bag on Columbia Road next to the JFK/UMass station.

According to State Police, their investigation showed that the pair urinated on the 58-year-old man and then: "They punched him multiple times and struck him with a metal pole. According to one witness statement, the victim may have slept with the pole nearby for protection."

The man was taken to Boston Medical Center for treatment.

State Police say the brothers continued in their destructive ways after their arrests:

"Both became highly aggressive and combative while being booked at the South Boston Barracks - exposing themselves and urinating in the cell, challenging troopers to come into the cells to fight, banging on the cell door, and making threatening and anti-immigration statements. Scott Leader made a statement referring to the victim as an “illegal immigrant” and stated the reason he and his brother were arrested is that they were white and the victim was a minority (the victim, who is not being identified, is Hispanic). At one point Steve Leader punched and kicked the plexiglass on the cell door for 30 minutes continuously."

The two were scheduled for arraignment in Dorchester Municipal Court Wednesday on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (pole), assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (bodily fluid), assault and battery, assault and battery with intent to intimidate with bodily injury, open and gross lewdness, indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and threatening to commit a crime.

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