An Arlington teen was arrested Friday on accusations of attacking a man on the bike path area near .
Philip McLaughlin, 19, of Arlington, was arrested on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
The victim told police he was walking down Ryder Street after getting off work in Woburn at about 10 p.m. When he got to the area where it crosses the bike path, he saw a group of youths and was confronted by a large man in a yellow shirt, according to the police report.
According to police, the man asked the victim, “What … you doing in my area?” The victim said the man started swinging at him. After a few minutes, the victim said, five or six other youths came over and started hitting him.
The victim said he fell to the ground and was kicked in the head, sides and back, according to the police report.
During a search of the area, police found McLaughlin at Summer and Washington streets, wearing a yellow shirt and fitting the physical description of the attacker. Police noticed McLaughlin had an injury to his elbow. When inquired about it, he said he “got into a small fight with some guy in a white shirt on the bike path,” police reported.
McLaughlin told police he “had a few drinks; whiskey and coke,” according to the police report.
It is unclear whether the other men involved in the altercation will be charged.