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January 3, 2014

Salem man charged with dumping water on beating victim

SALEM — Police are trying to identify one or more assailants who left a Salem man outside an apartment building Wednesday night bleeding from head wounds that were apparently inflicted with a stair banister and a bottle.

One resident of the building at 31 Salem St., Kyle Callahan, 26, was arrested on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after police said he poured a bucket of water on the victim, Jason “Jay-Hood” Pelechowicz. But police have so far been unable to identify who caused the injuries to Pelechowicz.

Pelechowicz, 26, of Marblehead, was incoherent and drifting in and out of consciousness as police tried to speak with him outside the apartment house shortly before 8 p.m. on New Year’s Day. He was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment of several wounds to his head, police said in a report.

Police had been called to the address by residents who reported that a man, later identified as the victim, was pounding and kicking on doors in the apartment house, prosecutor Heidi Sylvanowicz said during Callahan’s arraignment.

Witnesses told police that they saw Pelechowicz arguing with a couple of men outside.

Callahan, who allegedly gave police a fake name and Social Security number because he was wanted on unrelated warrants, told officers that he had thrown the bucket of water on Pelechowicz.

Police spoke to two other men, Travis Knorr and Chris Ferguson, who said they were confronted by a belligerent Pelechowicz, who, they said, took a swing at them but fell over because he was drunk. Neither of the men has been charged.

Sylvanowicz said Callahan was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon because he would have known that on a cold night, the water would freeze, potentially injuring Pelechowicz, who was on the ground at that point.

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