Boston man arrested in random attack of woman near Mattapan playground

Dwyarrn Burton, 26, is accused of attacking the woman on a bike path last month after asking her for a cigarette.

A Boston man allegedly asked a woman for a cigarette on the Ryan Playground bike path in Mattapan back in mid-September and when she didn’t give him one, she said, he attacked her. Now, he’s been arrested and is facing charges, state police said.

Dwyarrn Burton, 26, is being charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery, according to state police. He was charged with this attack after state police picked him up on a court warrant on Oct. 3 for failing to appear in court on an indecent assault and battery arrest on Aug. 5.

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It was around 2:15 p.m. on Sept. 17 that state police went to the scene and found the 47-year-old woman with “serious cuts and bruises to her head,” police said. She was taken to a nearby hospital. She later told police that her attacker knocked her down and hit her multiple times. He then allegedly tried to drag her into the woods. The two aren’t believed to have known each other.

A description was sent out to area police departments, and authorities from the Lincoln department told state police they believed they had encountered Burton in the past, according to authorities.

“Troopers began searching recent addresses on file for Burton; however, he apparently moved around and his whereabouts were erratic,” officials said. “During the search for Burton, troopers continued to gather video surveillance and physical evidence, which led them to believe that Burton was responsible for the Mattapan assault.”

Burton was arraigned on the charges in Dorchester District Court. He was ordered held; his next court date is set for Nov. 5.