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Waltham man charged with threatening teenage girl with needle to steal her car

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  September 12, 2012 03:15 PM

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A Waltham man has been indicted on armed carjacking charges for allegedly threatening a teenage girl with an HIV-laced needle outside of a Waltham CVS, according to the Middlesex District Attorney's office.

Scott Steverding, 30, was indicted by a Middlesex Grand Jury on charges that also include armed robbery, unarmed robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon.

After an investigation into Steverding's alleged attack on the girl, Waltham Police also found that he matched the description of a man who robbed a Waltham convenience store the day before the carjacking. His unarmed robbery charge reflects that incident, said a district attorney's office spokeswoman.

According to police, on August 14 just after 11 a.m., Steverding approached the 17-year-old girl sitting in her car in the parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy on Harvard Street in Waltham.

Steverding allegedly threatened to stab the girl with the needle, which he pointed toward her through the open window, telling her it contained blood and the HIV virus, if she did not get out of the car.

The girl obliged, and Steverding allegedly got in and drove away. The girl's wallet, cell phone, camera and cash were all inside the car.

Through the investigation immediately afterwards, Waltham Police reviewed the CVS surveillance video, which captured the incident.

An officer who was familiar with Steverding was able to identify him as the assailant, and when the description of the assailant was given to the other officers, they found that he fit the description of a male who robbed a Getty Mart convenience store in Waltham the day before.

A warrant was subsequently issued and the suspect was arrested the next day, August 15, by the Cambridge Police Department. The defendant was arraigned in the carjacking case August 16 in Waltham District Court, where he was ordered held without bail after a dangerousness hearing. He is still being held without bail, the district attorney's office spokeswoman said.

An arraignment date in Middlesex Superior Court has not yet been scheduled.

“This defendant allegedly threatened and assaulted a young woman during this brazen attack in a busy store parking lot in the middle of the day, stealing her car and her belongings, with the threat of infecting her with a potentially fatal virus,” said District Attorney Gerry Leone in a prepared statement. “I applaud the work of the Waltham and Cambridge Police to apprehend the suspect quickly.”

The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant District Attorney Jessica Noble. The Victim Witness Advocate is Danielle DeMeo.

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