Incident Summary:

08/19/2015: Assailants armed with a metal pole attacked a homeless Hispanic man at a bus stop in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The man was injured in the assault. Anti-Immigrant extremists, identified as Scott Leader and Steven Leader, claimed responsibility for the incident. The assailants made remarks in support of President Donald Trump and said they attacked the man because they thought he was an illegal immigrant.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred near the JFK/UMASS subway station in Dorchester neighborhood

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Hispanic Civilian: Guillermo Rodriguez
Nationality of Target Mexico
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Blunt Object
Melee Hands, Feet, Fists
Weapon Details
A metal pole was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Immigrant extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"South Boston brothers plead guilty to brazen beating," The Boston Globe, May 16, 2016.