UPDATE 3:50 P.M.: Two Acton Bowladrome Stabbing Suspects Turn Themselves In

The following information was supplied by the Acton Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Updated, May 11, 3:50 p.m.: The Acton Police Department has issued the following press release:

The following two individuals have been arrested and were arraigned at Concord District Court on the afternoon of 5/11/12.

We are asking for the public’s help through the media to identify a third suspect who was involved in the incident on 5/8 in Acton where a man was assaulted, stabbed and almost run over by a vehicle.  The last suspect is described by witness as a black male, tall, thin with longer hair worn in a “short dreadlock style.”  He is reported to be an associate of the two arrested individuals and we are asking that if anyone knows his identity to call the Acton P.D. Detective Division at 978-264-9640.

Updated, May 11, 12:50 p.m.: Two of the three suspects in the Acton Bowladrome stabbing have turned themselves in, police said.

Ryan Bedford and Matthew Bedford have been arrested and are being taken to Concord District Court for arraignment, said Acton Police Chief Frank Widmayer.

Original Post, May 10, 4:03 p.m.:

After an investigation into the case where a 35-year-old man in the parking lot of the Wednesday, May 9 at 8:50 p.m., Officer Dean Keeler, Detective Christopher Browne and others from the Acton Police Department obtained warrants at the Concord District Court for:

  • Ryan Bedford, 23, of 5 Ladyslipper Lane, Acton has been charged with attempted murder and assault & battery with a dangerous weapon (aggravated).
  •  Matthew Bedford, 20, of 5 Ladyslipper Lane, Acton has been charged with attempted murder, assault & battery with a dangerous weapon (aggravated), negligent operation of a motor vehicle and assault with a dangerous weapon (motor vehicle used in commission of a felony).

The third subject’s identification is still under investigation at this time. The suspect is described as a tall black man in his 20’s with thin long hair.

The victim is 35-year-old Acton resident Frank Dalli. He was treated by Acton Fire Department ambulance personnel and brought to the Lahey Clinic. He is in stable condition.

Witnesses reported Mr. Dalli was leaving the building when he was attacked by the three suspects. An altercation erupted and Dalli was stabbed by one of the two of the white suspects. All three of the suspects jumped into a brown 2007 Toyota Tundra and attempted to run over Dalli before leaving the scene.

The case is still under investigation.

John Locke May 13, 2012 at 03:27 AM
It is both improper and unfair to place a guilty verdict on both the Bedford boys and their anonymous associate; there is a court system in place to draw out the evidence, and take any appropriate action necessary. To demean individuals online because you are angry, afraid, or have an upsetting history with them is childish, cowardly and inconsiderate to them, their friends, and their family. However, to label the Bedfords as "sweet boys" is stunningly naïve with the virulent nature each has shown. During his high school years, the eldest got into a brawl with another student after the Bedford boy threatened to rape the other student's sister, and was expelled. In 2008 the other two Bedford boys were involved in a brawl outside their home, which resulted in a stabbing and two others being assaulted with baseball bats over an issue involving "car hubcaps". To immediately dismiss their suspect involvement in this case would take a feat of mental gymnastics and denial. As unsettling as this incident was, it is even more disheartening to see such bile being spewed forth by our neighbors. We may not always get along, and we will frequently disagree, but everyone deserves the basest show of respect and consideration; name-calling and grudge-bearing will only undermine such.
Alex May 13, 2012 at 08:36 AM
Janet clancy have some class and refrain from bashing these kids online. Your hatemongering makes you look like a fool, and who are you or anyone else to tell someone how to raise their kids. What did or did not happen has nothing to do with the parents, so leave them out of this. We will see how this case turns out, but i would guess that Frank Dalli played a role in what happened, this was not random, so wait until the facts come out. They are innocent until proven guilty. For anyone saying the bedfords dont belong in Acton your ignorance and hate is embarrassing to yourself and the community. Janet Clancy the last thing you should be doing is judging other parents and condemning your neighbors. Maybe your the one who should leave Acton.
Phil May 13, 2012 at 03:45 PM
As someone who grew up in Acton and went to school with both these wonderful, charming, delinquent screw-ups I can safely say I am not in the least bit surprised they were charged with attempted murder. In fact, when I was a freshman at AB both Ryan and Matthew threatened to kill me with a gun. So, while it may not be "fair" to call them guilty before they have had a chance to go to trial, I certainly don't think it was "fair" for me to be afraid to go to school. It is not out of ignorance or hate to call them guilty, it is out of experience and observation that we make our conclusions. Past performance is a great indication of future performance, and that's a fact. Hiding behind the "innocent until proven guilty" mantra is an easy and convenient way to have an opinion and allows you to keep your head in the sand. If anyone wants to believe the Bedford boys are innocent you are more then welcome to your (foolish/uninformed/dare I say silly?) opinion. While I understand the large degree of anonymity in online forums, and I'm sure someone will insist on attacking my statement, at least I don't have to defend my position in handcuffs or behind the bars of a jail cell.
Janet Clancy May 13, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Wow, I feel like I'm overhearing conversation at a junior high school cafeteria. As you will all see, every single use of profanity or pretend profanity has been deleted. Simply not allowed. Name-calling is also not welcome here, so if it continues, the whole thread will just be shut down
Janet Clancy May 13, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Please read below, Swaring is not allowed.
Alex May 13, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Phil if you felt unsafe at hIghschool that was your own issue. I went to AB and i never felt unsafe or scared at any point in time. Maybe the reasons you felt scared had something to do with your self esteem, because ABRHS is a very secure and non threatening place. And your sob story about Ryan and Matthew threatenIng you with a gun sounds fake, if that happened and you took it seriously why didnt you tell a teacher? I knew Ryan to and I never felt afraid of him. For janet clancy, stop calling for posts to get deleted because they disagree with you. Maybe people wouldnt be swearing at you, if you had some decency and class in your comments instead of spewing hate.
Karla Vallance May 13, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Alex, I don't care which side of an issue posts are on; if they break our Terms of Use, they get deleted. That immediately means any comment with profanity in it. Beyond that, whenever comments get abusive: bounced. And when an entire thread is, shall we say, not Acton's finest hour, I am deleting any post with a pseudonym. And I will keep doing so. I trust Acton to get this discussion back to a constructive place, or leave it alone. As our Terms of Use points out, the guiding principle here is The Golden Rule: if you wouldn't want someone saying it about you, then DON'T SAY IT.
kerry May 14, 2012 at 06:34 AM
I would like to thank Alex for standing up for the bedfords. I honestly think that if you sit behind your computer to bash anyone you are a complete coward. If your were to ever see one of them in public you would never say these awful things. So stop. This is not a place to trash someone. You don't know their story, you know their names. So i with the talk. Grow up. We are not in high school and junior high anymore. This is juvenile. Also, parents should not be brought into this. That is absolutely crossing the line and so disrespectful. People who q our generation forgets who raised it. So please do not point fingers at anyone. I do not condone violence, however when you are protecting someone you love, you will do anything to protect them. So please, judgements, comments, and everything negative circling this needs to end. Do not point your finger unless your hand is clean.
kerry May 14, 2012 at 06:37 AM
*people who judge our generation
KAREN JOHNSTON May 14, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Kerry, where I agree with you about the parents,leave them out of it, however we who know the boys, do know what they are like on the ouside, and what peole are saying is the truth. I have known them for a very long time, and have never seen a nice bone in their body since they were maybe 5,and 8. People are coming here to voice their opinion, I wouldn't call them cowards behind thei computers. I also know Frank, and he has a past just like the boys, he did not deserve to be stabbed and almost run over, and sure the guys exchaged words, but the boys took it way to far, and yes people saw what happened and what they did,and that is why they are awaiting a hearing.
Karla Vallance May 14, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Opinions, yes. Civility, yes. We can do both.
Dave May 14, 2012 at 04:24 PM
your son is undeniably not as innocent as you believe... Janet, I have known YOUR son for a long time and not only does he remind me of exactly what you just said about the bedfords, your probably have no idea about the kinds of things he does do with out your knowledge sweet heart. Reverend you have offered no advice worth taking by anyone, and Janet you have only managed to offer absoloutley nothing beside your own trials and tribulations which no one cares about in the least bit.
Dave May 14, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Janet, it sounds more like a personal vendetta more than proving a point. Grow up. And remember the Respect is not given t is earnerd
Katy G. May 14, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Maybe people are commenting so much on this because a violent crime is a heated subject. Whether or not the Bedfords were unruly growing up no longer matters. If they were, the time to step in would have been then. It's difficult to be politic with rude people, or kids who threaten your kids. It helps to ask yourself what your goal is. If your goal is to 'get things off your chest' so to speak, then you're better off silent. Whatever their childhood was like, the lives of these young men have come to this, and it is a painful situation for both them, their parents, and the injured man. No one recovers from a situation like this easily. If you're concerned, pray for all of these people. It's probably what they need most now, anyway.
x May 14, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Katy, Well said. Any article in a hometown paper that features mugshots of residents is bound to elicit emotions. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Jim Snyder-Grant May 14, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Karla: I believe you will find that my fine colleague "Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III" is operating under a fake name, and does so for a decent portion of the Eastern MA Patch papers. If you are in charge of enforcing the Terms of Service, you might consider investigating whether there is in fact a person by that name posting to Patch.
Katy G. May 14, 2012 at 11:37 PM
@Jim Snyder-Grant. Not everyone who comments on Patch uses their full name, in fact, I'll bet there are plenty of people who don't use their own name for fear of retaliation of some sort. What you're looking for is censorship of someone whose opinions are different from your own. Mr. Pimperton has been no more offensive than anyone else on this post. Frankly, I find your desire for censorship more offensive than anything anyone else has posted here. Be brave. It's good to hear the opinions of those who don't agree with you. You can engage them in discourse. You may even learn something.
Janet Clancy May 14, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Everyone that makes a comment on this site is certainly entitled to their opinion. If there is problem with not giving names or fake names or using profanity, then the Blog owner takes care of that. She is adamant about deleting things. Here is the important thing. There are the people that instead of giving there opinion go on this blog to bash anyone that gives and opinion they don't like, rather than express their opinion on the matter itself. So to ALEX and Katy, Kerry G and Dave, amoungst any others that ONLY go on here to read other peoples opinions and NOT put their entire name in, and knock others instead of writing about the TRUE subject, you may as well not waste your time.
Jim Snyder-Grant May 15, 2012 at 01:28 AM
From Karla Vallance: "One further note: Patch's Terms of Use (http://acton.patch.com/terms) requires the use of a real name to take part in the discussion. Anyone not using a real name is subject to being thrown out and your IP address blocked."
Katy G. May 15, 2012 at 02:23 AM
@ Janet Clancy. The TRUE subject here is what happened at the Acton Bowladrome and the consequences. You preface your comment by stating that everyone is entitled to their opinion, then frame it in terms that only you find acceptable. It seems to me that a number of people posting here, including yourself, either know the young men involved for better or worse, know the victim, or belong to the community of Acton, and therefore, as you yourself stated, are entitled to express their opinion. That's what a blog is for. If a poster isn't being unduly abusive or vulgar what they have to say is just as important to them as what you have to say is to you. Trying to quiet people who have a differing point of view is censorship. Acton Patch, and any other of the Patch news vehicles stand to lose valuable readers if they censor things just to make you or Mr. Snyder- Grant more comfortable.
Rebecca Norton May 15, 2012 at 07:04 PM
How bout we all pray for the truth to be exposed. We should thank God no one was killed in this altercation, and worry about our children, their associations, and warning them to be careful where ever they go. We should no judge anyone in this situation. We do not know what made the Bedford boys act in the way they did. We also do not know the role the victim played in this situation. Only God can Judge us, and only him can make things right.
x May 16, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Regarding Jim Snyder-Grant's post, an off-topic question comes to mind. What if two people, each with hyphenated surnames got married? Jim, in your family would the result look something like Snyder-Grant-Smith-Jones? In turn what if two of those lucky folks, with four names each, met and fell in love? Inquiring minds wish to know. Are all family names so important, and egos so large that none can be left behind? Editor Patrick, - this is an important issue for Acton and should be elevated above bowling alleys and mugshots. Your humble servant, Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
john doe May 16, 2012 at 01:08 AM
FREE THE BEDFORDS! and to who ever phil is you were probably the biggest wimp in high school saying you were afraid why don't you stand up for your self. everyone is making a big deal out of this there family has lots of money so they'll hire a good attorney and judging on the case they most likely will get of on assault and battery with a deadly weapon serving little or no jail time
Rose May 16, 2012 at 02:41 AM
I am so disappointed in our community. These boys are not a lost cause. Are you the same person you were one year ago? five years ago? have you got it all figured out now? This town has performed miracles for many. It would be a sin for us to start giving up on each other now.
Patrick Clark (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 03:59 AM
John Doe - You can't swear on here. There are far more constructive ways to make a point than calling someone a name. http://acton.patch.com/terms
carla May 17, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Y all this
katherine May 25, 2012 at 01:30 AM
I have know ryan bedford my hole life and he has always taken care of me. I know he would take a bullet for me if it came down to it and I would for him also. The people who say he is not a good person or a "wonderful, charming, delinquent screw-ups" well u have no idea who he is or his brother. He may not be the most innocent kid in Boxboro or Acton but he is a good person, but there have been far worse then him. He has saved my brother life more then once. When people broke into my home and it wasn't safe for me to go there after school he took care of me and gave me a place to stay. Ryan and his brother are good people, so please don't assume anything you don't know.
Filippo Napoli May 25, 2012 at 07:20 AM
I am surprised at the level of ignorance flowing through these threads. It is some of the most nauseating and unnecessary nonsense which has left me offended on a personal level and extremely infuriated. First of all, I would like to ask why a 35 year old man is getting involved with individuals who are in their early 20s? That is over a decade in age difference and should be held into consideration. Everybody who is not using their real name should avoid speaking poorly of the Bedford family. You will be discovered eventually. I am very upset because I was looking forward to seeing the Bedfords later on that evening and my plans were disrupted by this nonsense which has now lead to this disgusting collection of commentary which I am saving in my files. I was not at the scene of the crime but I would like to state that nobody deserves to get stabbed nor does anyone deserve to spend time behind bars. Jail is no place for young kids, especially ABRHS graduates who are currently attending college. Because of this issue, two of my friends are in jail and nobody can be certain of when they will be set free. That is an awful thought to process, especially under such circumstances. Acton is no place for crime and violence nor does it have room for those who wish to talk badly about it's victims and their respective families. Anybody can make mistakes, even adults who wish to get mixed up with youngsters. Thankfully the police is always there for their protection...
brian June 24, 2012 at 08:46 AM
Frank dalli was definitely not a wimp...more or less in high school he was a crazy bastard.I definitely saw him and the owner of the bowling alleys son joshua sunberg take on 15 kids once and frank put the pully from his truck and pulled a bunch of cars down a hill,it was classic .however I went to ABRHS and I felt very safe being his(franks freind),still can't believe that he got beat up,he was probably drinking or something
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