A Malden man accused of an armed carjacking in Boston had been drinking a half gallon of vodka daily, was ordered out of the home by his wife, and had been convicted of numerous crimes in Massachusetts, Virginia and Florida, it was disclosed in court today.
Michael Fitzpatrick, 52, allegedly confronted a 31-year-old Arlington woman inside the Dock Square garage around 1 p.m. Monday, pointed a handgun at her and demanded her SUV, according to Jake Wark, spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and a Boston police report.
"I need your car and I need your keys,'' Fitzpatrick to the woman, according to the police report.
The woman threw her keys at him and then ran away. As the victim was searching for safety, two women who were in the garage at the time provided a safe haven for the victim. They told her they had seen the carjacking, and took her into their vehicle before driving out of the garage, Wark said.
The three women drove to the entry and frantically pleaded with the cashier to raise the exit gate. "Open up the gate! The guy has a gun,'' police quoted one of the women as telling the cashier. "Hurry! Hurry! Open the gate. He is going to shoot us.''
Just as the three women were trying to get out of the garage, Fitzpatrick arrived at the exit where he drove over an orange traffic cone and smashed through an entrance gate.
A short time later, Fitzpatrick allegedly collided with a taxi at the intersections of North and Cross streets in Boston. He drove off from that crash scene and minutes later, he crashed again, Wark said.
This time, Fitzpatrick drove into a tree near the Steriti Memorial Rink on Commercial Street. Boston and State police quickly converged on the crash site. Fitzpatrick was arrested as he tried to walk away from the crash scene.
Police recovered a loaded revolver and the Arlington woman later positively identified Fitzpatrick as the attacker, Wark said.
"Why are you stopping me?'' Fitzpatrick asked police. "I didn't do anything wrong."
In Boston Municipal Court today, Fitzpatrick's defense attorney, Robert Proctor, asked for a competency evaluation and a court psychiatrist later told Judge Mark Summerville that Fitzpatrick claims to be drinking a half gallon of vodka daily.
Proctor also told the judge that Fitzpatrick has been married for two years, but is now homeless since he was ordered out of the marital home because of strife between the couple fueled by Fitzpatrick's alcohol abuse.
Proctor said Fitzpatrick was recently laid off from his job at a Somerville iron works company.
But Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Vincent DeMore said Fitzpatrick "has a history of threats and violence'' that includes 16 criminal convictions in Massachusetts. He also has been convicted in Virginia and Florida, DeMore said.
Summervile set bail at $100,000 cash and also revoked bail for a drunk driving case in Orange District Court and an assault case in Quincy District Court.
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