Man Beaten During Road Rage Incident Outside Salem Market Basket

A local man was reportedly beaten outside of the Salem Market Basket Sunday afternoon.

A Salem man was reportedly beaten in front of his wife and baby Sunday afternoon following an alleged road rage incident in the Market Basket parking lot.

At 4:15 p.m., a man called the Salem Police Department to report that he had just returned home from the Highland Avenue market and wanted to report being beaten by four other men.

The man told police that he was pulling into the parking lot with his wife and their baby when a white sedan backing out of a nearby parking space nearly struck his car.

When he yelled out of his window to tell the other driver to be more careful, the man said the sedan stopped and one of the occupants slammed a car door into the driver's side of his vehicle and then things "got out of control," according to a police log entry.

The man told police he was jumped and beaten by the four occupants of the other vehicle and was "hit and punched numerous times in the face and head."

When the man's wife, a Market Basket employee and several other shoppers jumped into the fracas to stop the fight, the man said the four assailants jumped back into the sedan and left the area before he could get a good look at the vehicle's license plate.

The alleged victim was reportedly able to provide police investigators with a partial license plate number and a basic description of three of the four men involved in the incident, according to police.

Officers who spoke with the alleged victim at his home Sunday evening noted finding a "deep perpendicular dent" behind the rear driver's side door of his vehicle.

The man was reportedly advised to go to the hospital to have his injuries looked at.

It is unclear whether the incident was caught by any of the parking lot's surveillance cameras, Sgt. Andrew Dacy said Monday night.

Salem Patch will post additional information as it becomes available.

adrienne January 29, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Nobody is blaming the fine folks at Market Basket! I would NEVER shop there on the weekends when it's packed. I did once. Yes. Road rage in the parking lot. And, rage amongst the shoppers! God forbid if you stop for a minute in a crowded aisle. There's always an irate customer who would love to ram their carriage right into you. 7 a.m. on Monday morning=peace & civility!
john January 29, 2013 at 07:26 PM
I shop at MB all the time and find it rather comical. The place is loaded with ignorant people who only care about themselves. The people not only stop in the middle of an isle but they walk away as if they are the only one shopping. I go there for price only because they have the lowest. That store is so busy they could open another one across the lot at Shaws and still make a fortune. My personal issue with the store is the deli,it's too small and way over crowded. I buy one or two items at the deli but some people clearly live off cold cuts.I love the ones that want to taste a piece.
Bob January 29, 2013 at 07:26 PM
What do you expect with most of people who shop there. Road Rage?? What about Isle Rage? Shopping in Pajama's??
Michelle Keefe January 31, 2013 at 12:25 AM
That's the one I always shop a lot of customers are ignorant aholes, but the employee's are great!
Kevin L. Broehm February 26, 2013 at 06:10 PM
I may not live in the area, but the four men who had jumped the one man, those four if they've been caught 10-25 years jail, but knowing the judicial system and how liberal it is in America, most likely the suspects will get away with murder and the beaten down man, will not have true justice carried out on his behalf.


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