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Abington man accused of weaponizing fidget spinner

ABINGTON, Mass. —
An Abington man is facing assault and weapons charges after he used a fidget spinner -- the popular toy that purports to focus one’s mind -- to concentrate something else: the force of his punches, the Enterprise reported.

Police responded to 332 Woodlands Way, an apartment complex, about 9:40 p.m. on Jan 21 after receiving reports of an unwanted guest, according to the police incident report. The dispatch officer could hear a man and woman yelling at each other and a loud car horn beeping in the background, according to a police report.

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When they arrived, police saw a black Acura flee the area and another officer was asked to stop the car, the report stated.

A short time later, an officer found a disheveled-looking Abington resident, David Mcilvene, who was bleeding from the face and ear, where it appeared an earring had been torn out. Mcilvene told officers that he had been assaulted and his attackers left in a black Acura.

Mcilvene told the officer that a man, Jake Sprague, and his own ex-girlfriend, whose name was removed from the report, had shown up at the complex and started shouting for him to come outside. Mcilvene and Sprague had reportedly had an altercation at a local nightclub in the past.

Mcilvene said he had also been receiving text messages from his ex-girlfriend’s cellphone all morning and had discovered Sprague had been the author.

Mcilvene went down to the parking lot to protect his vehicle from being vandalized and a verbal altercation ensued before Sprague pulled Mcilvene through the Acura’s window and began punching him.

During the altercation, Sprague separately told officers, Mcilvene used a black metal fidget spinner toy as “brass knuckles,” a weapon designed to enhance the power of a punch, the police report said. The fidget spinner toy quickly became popular after it was released to market last year.

A search of Mcilvene’s pants pocket produced the device. “The holes (on the device) allowed Mcilvene to place two fingers inside and grip the item in the exact same manner as ‘brass knuckles,’ the report read.

Sprague alleged that the fight occurred after Mcilvene entered the back door of the car, not through the front driver’s side window.

Mcilvene was issued a court summons to face charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon, and affray, while Sprague was summonsed on charges of assault and battery and affray.

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