Newburyport Police Plan to Summons Methuen Man for Alleged Racist Harassment

Newburyport District Court.

A 61-year-old Methuen man is to be summonsed into Newburyport District Court for alleged racist and gender-related harassment toward two women Saturday in downtown Newburyport.

Daniel T. Cain will be charged with two counts annoying and accosting a person, disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct, according to a press release from Mayor Donna Holaday and City Marshal Mark Murray.

“This kind of behavior has no place in our community,” Murray said. “I’m proud of the thorough work the investigating officers did to identify this individual and hold him accountable.”

A police officer, patrolling near Michael’s Harborside, was approached by two women who reported being accosted by a man while walking their dog on the Clipper City Rail Trail. Police said the man, later identified as Cain, was walking his dog without a leash heading in the opposite direction. They said he leaned into the two women, who are Black, and made offensive comments toward relating to their race and gender. One of the women photographed Cain using her phone and provided the photo to police.

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