William “Pat” Patterson claims he’s a member of the Guardian Angels in Brockton, but the local leader of the group says he hasn’t been involved for at least eight months
The man beaten, robbed and left for dead near a downtown church over the weekend was a member of Guardian Angels for a month — not five years as he claimed — and hasn’t been associated with the group for eight months, the group’s chapter commander said today.
William “Pat” Patterson’s work with the Guardian Angels was strictly administrative and he never did any street patrol work for the group, Michael Weydt, the Brockton chapter commander, said.
“He has nothing to do with the Guardian Angels. He was a member for about a month and he never did any street patrol work,” Weydt said.
Patterson, 50, who says he is a former Marine who has worked with the Guardian Angels for five years, said he was severely beaten as robbers stole money from him as he walked to the Elmcourt Hotel on West Elm Street, where he is staying, around 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
He said that he lost two teeth and suffered several bruises and a cut lip in the attack but pledged to continue to work with the Guardian Angels to curb violence in Brockton.
Weydt said he has checked with the founder of the Guardian Angels, Curtis Sliwa, as well as checking the group’s records and found Patterson was only briefly associated with the Guardian Angels.
“He said he was a Guardian Angel for five years or so and that is not the case,” Weydt said.
“He has nothing to do with the Guardian Angels. He was not attacked because of any work he did with the Guardian Angels.
"It just seems he was the unfortunate victim of a robbery,” Weydt said. “He has no business walking around claiming he is an Angel.”
Weydt said there are a dozen members involved with the Brockton chapter and the group has a good relationship with the Brockton police.
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