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Medford man pleads not guilty to rape, assault of woman in Middlesex Fells

Brady McCue, 28, faces multiple charges, including kidnapping, aggravated rape, armed assault to murder.

Middlesex Fells Reservation CHRISTOPHER KLEIN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE/FILE

A prosecutor shared more details Monday about a 28-year-old mentally ill Medford man’s alleged attack on a 48-year-old woman in the Middlesex Fells Reservation on Friday morning.

Brady McCue pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including kidnapping, aggravated rape, and armed assault to murder at his arraignment in Somerville District Court, according to WBZ.

Middlesex Assistant District Attorney Carrie Spiros said the man left his apartment Friday morning with “the intention to kill someone,” according to media reports.

McCue chose the woman walking alone near the Leslie Road Trailhead because she seemed “small… and pretty,” the prosecutor said, according to The Boston Globe.

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McCue allegedly told police that he struck the woman with a rock on the trail, grabbed her, and dragged her into the woods, according to Spiros.

The prosecutor said he told police that he hit the victim approximately 14 times, raped her, and left her to die in the woods, according to media reports.

“He stated that he believed she was dead and he stopped because he thought other people might see him there or see what was happening,” Spiros said, according to the Globe.

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Police discovered the woman, beaten and bleeding, sitting alone on the trail, the prosecutor said, according to media reports.

Spiros said a Boston hospital treated the woman for severe head trauma and other injuries. She’s in stable condition, according to WBZ.

Police identified McCue through evidence left at the scene, including duct tape, a sweatshirt, and a Dunkin’ coffee cup that had a sticker on the side with order and purchase information, according to WCVB.

McCue’s defense attorney, Thomas Silevitch, asked for the 28-year-old to undergo mental health and competency evaluations.

He said McCue has been treated for mental illness for nine years.

McCue’s father told the Globe Saturday that his son was discharged from Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport the Monday before the attack after in-patient treatment for his mental illness.

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The two spent Thanksgiving together with extended family.

Spiros said McCue allegedly told police that he hadn’t taken his medication to treat his mental illness for three days.

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