Friday, April 19, 2024


081614i-Pearl-and-Green-streetsIt’s been a punishing week for men standing up for women who are being harassed.

On Tuesday in Philadelphia, a man was hospitalized after being punched and hitting his head on concrete after standing up for some women being cat-called on the street, NBC Philadelphia reported.

Early Saturday, Cambridge got its own version of that – with a stabbing. It led to two arrests.

A fight began when a Boston man accompanying women out of a Central Square nightclub at closing time objected to comments being made to them by other club goers. The protector, who wasn’t identified by name, wound up stabbed on the side of his lower back, said Jeremy Warnick, director of communications and media relations for the Cambridge Police.

The police assigned to Central Square for rowdy late-night hours requested help breaking up the fight, and at 2:08 a.m. Saturday, more officers arrived, finding the man already with a small, non-life-threatening puncture wound. Before being taken to a hospital for treatment, he directed police to a car that was trying to leave the municipal garage at Green and Pearl streets.

Officers ordered the passengers to stop and get out. Among them was Sean Hunter, 20, of 80 Dabney St., Roxbury, who was identified as a suspect in the stabbing. He was arrested on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

The night manager of the garage alerted officers of a second vehicle that was trying to leave, and when officers tried to stop the car and talk with the passengers, its driver refused to follow orders, Warnick said. The driver drove at and nearly hit an officer.

The driver, Zikeem Ward, 21, of 17 Bradlee St., Boston, was ultimately stopped and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon (the car), two counts of failure to stop for police, resisting arrest and, after two box cutters were found in his pockets, carrying a dangerous weapon while disturbing the peace.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cambridge Police at (617) 349-3300. Anonymous reports can be left at (617) 349-3359; sent by text message to 847411 (begin your text with TIP650, then type your message); or by email by visiting

This post took significant amounts of material from a press release.