BOSTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Boston’s Police Commissioner says that a man already in custody for attacks on two women in South Boston is a “person of interest” in the death of Wilbraham native Amy Lord.
At a Friday afternoon press conference, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis stopped short of calling 28-year-old Edwin Alemany a suspect at this time.
“We’re confident and comfortable that we are on the right track in this case,” Davis says, adding that “it takes time” for DNA and other forensic evidence to come back.
Investigators say that during the early morning hours of Tuesday, Lord was abducted from her South Boston apartment, forced into her car, then told to drive to five Boston banks to withdraw money.
Lord’s car was found burned around 8:30 Tuesday morning, and about three hours later, a missing persons investigation began after Lord didn’t show up for an appointment.
Lord was found dead at Stony Brook Reservation, a state park, in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.
Alemany is currently being held on charges related to attacks on two other women in South Boston, which occurred on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
Davis said Friday that Alemany has 18 juvenile arrests and 34 adult arrests.
Because of Alemany’s arrest on Wednesday, the Boston Police Department has began an investigation into similar incidents involving women over the last couple years.
Davis says that that investigation, which is in its early stages, found an incident on September 28, 2012 “that raises some concerns.”
The Commissioner explains that in that case, a woman was assaulted and robbed in the early morning hours. While she was not able to identify her attacker, Davis says that the woman had, in her possession, a wallet and identification belonging to Alemany.
“Looking back now at that incident, it’s clear that Mr. Alemany is a strong suspect in that incident,” Davis says, adding that detectives tried to speak to Alemany, but were unable to locate him.
The detectives, Davis says, did not feel that they had probable cause to arrest Alemany at the time, but Davis says that after reviewing that evidence, there was cause for an arrest.
Now, the department’s internal affairs bureau has launched an investigation into that 2012 incident.
Davis, who says there is no evidence of a second suspect in Lord’s death, continues to ask for the public’s patience in their ongoing investigations.
An arraignment was set to be held Thursday for Alemany on those charges, but a judge ruled that he was unfit at the current time to face arraignment. He was ordered to undergo a competency evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital, and is due back in court in August.
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