Tewksbury Father/son Arraigned on Assault Charges

May 28, 2019

LOWELL -- A Tewksbury father and son were arraigned in Lowell District Court Friday for the alleged assault of a man at Charles A. Gallagher Intermodal Terminal last Thursday evening.

The defendants, Cameron Varney, 57, and Jacob O’Donnell-Varney, 20, were both charged with one count of assault and battery, and one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Overseeing the arraignment was Judge Ellen Caulo.

Both the victim, a 38-year old Lowell resident, and the suspects were treated at area hospitals for injuries not considered life-threatening, according to a report by Lowell Police.

An argument between the three men began on a train approaching Lowell, after the suspects were told to quiet down and stop drinking, a police report states.

Upon reviewing security footage, detectives reported seeing the suspects punch the victim repeatedly in the terminal hallway shortly thereafter.

The fight spilled out into the main lobby, where O’Donnell-Varney allegedly kicked the victim in the head with shoes on. In his statement, the victim said Varney struck him with a glass pipe, which shattered from impact.

Lowell Police were dispatched around 7 p.m., where they found the victim and Varney with lacerations on their faces.

The victim was transported by ambulance to Lowell General Hospital Saints Campus, while the suspects were taken to the main campus. After being medically cleared, the suspects were arrested and booked at the Lowell Police Department.

Varney and O’Donnell-Varney were each released on $40 bail on the condition they make no contact with and keep 100 yards away from the victim. They will return to court on July 10 for a pretrial hearing.

Both suspects face maximum penalties of 10 years in state prison, 2 ½ years in a house of correction, a $5,000 fine, or both fine and imprisonment for the charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. In addition, they face a maximum penalty of 2 ½ years in a house of correction or a fine of $1,000 for assault and battery charges.

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