Two Waltham men were arrested for allegedly setting up the robbery of a third man who thought he was meeting them to buy some marijuana.
On March 5, a man from Waltham met his friend at Tedeschi’s on Main Street, and they then headed to the field house at Moxley Field, where the man planned on purchasing drugs.
A few minutes later, two men showed up, said Watertown Police Lt. James O’Connor.
“The victim was,grabbed by the shirt and thrown to the concrete,” O’Connor said. “The man then ran back toward Tedeschi’s”
The men followed. While he was running, the victim saw the two men put black ski masks over their faces, but he recognized one of the attackers as the cousin of the friend he met at Tedeschi’s.
While they were at the store, the victim and his friend saw the other two men standing across the street at Saltonstall Park.
“His friend went across the street to talk to them and the victim was waved over by his friend,” O’Connor said. “One of the men grabbed the victim and told him to take his wallet out and he handed over $200.”
The attacker also said he had a gun and told the victim not to talk to police, O’Connor said.
The victim and his father came to police the following day to report the incident. Detectives then called in the victim’s friends for an interview. The friend admitted that he and his cousin conspired to rip the victim off, O’Connor said.
Police arrested Michael J. Gaudet, 22, of Waltham, on March 6 at 7 p.m. on charges of armed and masked robbery, intimidating a witness and conspiracy to commit a crime, O’Connor said.
Police are still investigating the incident and may press charges against others involved in the incident.