BURRILLVILLE – A man who attacked the 74-year-old caretaker of the field hosting a Burrillville Little League All Star game last week for insulting his mother is now facing a felony.
Paul Sharpe, 37, of Pascoag, was arrested on Wednesday, July 13, and charged with assault of a person over the age of 60 causing bodily injury.
According to the arrest report, the incident began when a 55-year-old woman from Thompson, Conn., in town to watch her grandson’s baseball game on Sunday, July 10, tried to enter Richard Peck Field with her dog. The woman, Sharpe’s mother, later told police that a man began yelling at her that dogs are not allowed on the property.
While the name of the man was redacted from a report on the incident provided to NRI NOW, witnesses tell us it was 74-year-old Richard Peck, the longtime caretaker of the facility and treasurer of the BLL board, after whom the field is named.
Sharpe was reportedly sitting in the car at the time of the encounter, but his mother told him about it when she returned to secure the dog. When Sharpe later asked Peck about the confrontation, the caretaker reportedly referred to his mother as the “f$%ing b&%ch with the dog.”
Sharpe responded by grabbing Peck by the throat and slamming him against the stone wall of the press box at the field, according to accounts by both the victim and assailant.
Witnesses tell NRI NOW that the incident happened in front of a packed house at the All Star game. The field was hosting a 10u game, followed by a game for the 12u team starting at 7:30 p.m.
According to police, who were called to the field around 8:20 p.m., the victim had a large knot on the back of his head following the assault, but initially declined to press charges.
Three days later, Peck visited police headquarters to say he had been experiencing headaches and pain since the incident, and that he wished to file charges on the assault.
Sharpe turned himself in to police later that day. He was arraigned in 6th District Court on Tuesday, July 19 and a no contact order was issued.
Sharpe is due back in court Wednesday, August 3 for a hearing on the felony.