Taunton man arrested for hate crime after pistol-whipping another man

Taunton Arrest
Photo courtesy: Taunton Police Department

TAUNTON, Mass (WLNE) – Police in Taunton have arrested a man for a hate crime after allegedly pistol whipping a man on Thursday night.

Police say Joseph Amaral Jr., 59, of Taunton pistol-whipped a 23-year-old Raynham man after Amaral caught him urinating on his fence late Thursday night.

Around 10:15 p.m. Thursday, Taunton police say they were called to a parking lot on Bay Street for a report of a person who was pistol-whipped.

The three men that called police met officers in the parking lot and told the officers that one of them, a 23-year-old Raynham man, had been pistol-whipped by Amaral a short time ago outside of Amaral’s home on North Avenue.

The 23-year-old was bleeding from his nose and had a bump on the side of his mouth but declined medical attention, police say.

The witness told police that they were in a car with the victim on North Avenue when the Raynham man got out of the car to go urinate on a nearby fence which turned out to be Amaral’s fence.

Amaral was pulling his vehicle into his driveway and saw the man urinating on the fence.

The man went to apologize to Amaral, but Amaral  quickly got out of his car and allegedly pointed a black pistol at the man, according to police.

Police say Amaral was screaming racial and derogatory remarks while he was pointing the pistol at the victim.

The victim told police that Amaral struck the victim in the head twice with the pistol and then pushed him into the fence and kneed him.

After his assault on the victim and he then proceeded to the car where the victim and his friends were in, and struck the vehicle several times, causing damage to the car.

Officers later went inside Amaral’s home where he answered the door and invited the officer’s inside.

While speaking with Amaral, officers saw the black pistol in plain sight on a kitchen counter that was similar to the one described the witness and victim.

Police say Amaral appeared to be intoxicated when he was placed under arrest.

During a protective sweep of his home, officers found and seized three rifles, two shotguns, a revolver and boxes of ammunition.

Amaral will be arraigned Friday at Taunton District Court on the following charges:

  • Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon
  • Armed Assault and Battery to Intimidate Causing Bodily Injury
  • Intoxicated Licensee Carrying a Firearm
  • Civil Rights Violation
  • Threat to Commit a Crime
  • Vandalizing Property
  • Improper Storage of a Firearm
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