HYANNIS - A resident of the Noah homeless shelter in Hyannis has been charged with assault and battery on a disabled man.
Barnstable police said James L. Scannell, 62, of 77 Winter St. (the address of the Noah shelter) in Hyannis, pushed the man to the ground Tuesday afternoon.
The incident took place in the parking lot of the Festival at Hyannis shopping center off Route 132.
James L. Scannell.
In a police report filed with the case, Officer Sean Roycroft said he was dispatched around 5:20 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a fight in front of the A.C. Moore store at the shopping center.
Upon his arrival, he found a man leaning on a cane who said a man had pushed him to the ground. The man said a woman had seen the assault and followed the alleged perpetrator.
The man - who had a stroke 12 years ago, continues to have heart problems, and walks with a cane - said he had driven to A.C. Moore store to go shopping. When he arrived, he saw a man arranging shopping carts, and asked that he leave one loose for him.
"When I asked this guy to leave a cart for me," the man told Officer Roycroft, "he went nuts. He was swearing at me. He just ran at me and pushed me in the back with both hands. I fell to the ground face first and rolled to my back. The man ran off toward Stop & Shop."