The 28-year-old man who allegedly murdered Amy Lord of South Boston was ordered held today on $3 million bail in South Boston District Court in two other attacks on women.
Edwin Alemany was arraigned before Judge Thomas C. Horgan on charges that included armed assault with intent to murder, kidnapping, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. A not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf.
He is being held at the Nashua Street jail.
The two nonfatal attacks on the women occurred early on the mornings of July 23 and July 24. Lord was attacked the morning of July 23, in between the time of the two other attacks.
Alemany allegedly told the first woman he attacked, “I’m not robbing you. I’m going to kill you,” said prosecutor John Pappas. But after punching her in the face and dragging her by the legs into a parking lot, he said, “You’re not the one I’m looking for. I’m sorry.”
“I have a hit out for a female pushing a baby carriage walking with a male wearing a white shirt,” he told her, according to Pappas.
Neither Alemany nor his lawyer spoke in court but defense attorney Jeffrey Denner told reporters afterward, “This is somebody with a long, long history of serious mental illness. ... There is an issue here of whether the system functioned in a way that protected him and protected the public. None of that is an excuse. This is all an explanation and context for what is a horrible tragedy.”
The first attack happened at 4:15 a.m. on July 23 near 200 Old Colony Ave. Lord was allegedly attacked later that morning.
Pappas said in the third attack, at 12:10 a.m. July 24, Alemany stabbed a young woman in the torso, face, and neck multiple times, in an attack apparently aborted after neighbors witnessed it on Gates Street.
Pappas said Alemany calmly walked away towards Telegraph Street and a video surveillance camera in the area captured a man with a tattoo matching Alemany’s on his right elbow and a wounded left hand. He said a blood trail leading from the scene had been matched to Alemany.
Alemany was arrested at Tufts Medical Center, where he sought treatment, initially claiming he had been stabbed in the hand in an argument at a South Boston gas station. Police have said he showed up at the same time as the victim, who was also being treated there.
Alemany was sent for a mental health evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital after his arrest on July 24. At that time, he was considered only a person of interest in Lord’s slaying. Prosecutors said the following week they had enough evidence to bring charges against him for the murder of Lord, whose body was found on the afternoon of July 23 in the Stony Brook Reservation in Hyde Park.
Alemany is to be arraigned on charges in Lord’s death Thursday in West Roxbury District Court.
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