Man Savagely Attacked by Four Assailants; One in Custody

August 17, 2011
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An East Boston man is in custody and charged with the brutal beating and stabbing of another man outside the Sumner Tunnel last week.

Anthony Lemus, 19, of East Boston was arraigned Friday in East Boston District Court on charges of armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for the Wednesday, August 10 mob attack on the 21-year-old East Boston man.

Assistant District Attorney Erik Bennett recommended that Lemus be held on $50,000 cash bail. Judge Roberto Ronquillo, Jr. set Lemus’s bail at $25,000.

Boston Police responded to the area of 81 Porter St. in East Boston early Wednesday afternoon for a report of an attack in progress. They arrived to find State troopers performing first aid on the victim a short distance away near the Sumner Tunnel tollbooths. The victim had sustained multiple stab wounds and blunt trauma. Police learned that the assailants, believed to be a group of four males, had allegedly jumped the man, stabbed and beat him with a hammer and a baseball bat, and fled the scene in a dark colored sport-utility vehicle.

The victim was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital with serious injuries but is expected to survive.

His vehicle was towed to Boston Police Headquarters, where it was tested for fingerprints and other evidence. Investigators later made contact with a witness who identified Lemus from a photo array as one person in the group that allegedly stabbed and beat the victim.

Based on the evidence Boston Police obtained a warrant for Lemus’ arrest and began searching for him.

On the evening of August 11 Lemus surrendered himself to police at the District 7 station.

Lemus was represented by attorney Anthony Lochiatto and will return to court on September 2.

Police are also investigating a potential retaliatory shooting that occurred after the beating Wednesday.

The shooting occurred on Gladstone Street and wounded an innocent victim in the hip. The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The shooter was said to have been aiming for another man that was with the victim believed to be involved in the beating earlier that afternoon.

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