- Edwin Fantauzzi, a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman on Boston’s Harrison Avenue on Saturday, was arrested on Wednesday after a woman riding the T train recognized him and called the police.
- He reportedly claimed to be an Uber driver and asked to use a bathroom inside a 22-year-old woman’s apartment building at around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday.
- Authorities are investigating whether Fantauzzi could be linked to the sexual assault of a Boston University student on Friday night.
- Fantauzzi, a listed Level 3 sex offender, was previously convicted in 2009 for indecent assault and battery of a child.
A man arrested for sexual assault in Boston’s Chinatown may be linked to another assault on a Boston University student last week, according to reports.
Edwin Fantauzzi, 33, a suspect accused of sexually assaulting a woman on Harrison Avenue on Saturday, was arrested on Wednesday after a woman riding the T train recognized him and called the police.
- Boston police said a fight that broke out between a group of about 10 people in the Theater District led to two women being stabbed.
- The incident occurred hours after a Chinatown community virtual meeting was organized to address the violence in the neighborhood.
- The women, aged between 20 and 40 years old, are now in stable condition and are expected to live.
- No arrests have been made, police said. Investigators are still looking into surveillance videos and are asking eyewitnesses to come forward with any information.
- City officials, elected officers and members of the community discussed the safety concerns of residents and businesses during the virtual meeting on Tuesday night.
- “It’s not just calling for additional police presence but maybe with additional cameras, maybe bicycle patrols for police,” City Council President Ed Flynn told the Boston Herald. “It is critical we continue to partner with residents, the police and community to ensure that our businesses, residents, and visitors are safe when they are in the neighborhood.”
Two women were stabbed in Boston’s Theater District hours after a Chinatown community virtual meeting was organized to address the violence in the neighborhood, police said.
Authorities responded to the scene at the intersection of Stuart Street and Warrenton Street at 2:19 a.m on Wednesday. They found two women bleeding from stab wounds that were incurred after a fight broke out between a group of about 10 people. Authorities believe the stabbing occurred as the group went out of the Tunnel bar located in the W Boston hotel building.
- A 70-year-old Asian American woman said she was walking along Harrison Avenue in Boston’s Chinatown when a middle-aged white man punched her in the face and left her with a black eye on April 2.
- She shared her story on Tuesday during a virtual community meeting, which was organized to address the recent violence in the neighborhood.
- The Boston Police detectives and the department’s Civil Rights Unit are investigating the case. Surveillance cameras around the area where the assault happened reportedly did not work.
- The police announced their plan to assign more Chinese-speaking officers in Chinatown during the virtual meeting.
- The victim said that she will forgive the suspect if he is found and does not want him in jail.
A 70-year-old Asian American woman said she was punched in the face in an unprovoked attack earlier this month in Boston’s Chinatown.
The woman, who chose to remain anonymous, was walking along Harrison Avenue after visiting a bakery when a man allegedly punched her in the face and left her with a black eye on April 2.
Boston Mayor Wu seeks limits on residential picketing after weeks of noisy protests outside her own home
- Boston Mayor Michelle Wu proposed a new city ordinance on Monday that would limit protests outside private homes between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. after angry protesters gathered outside her house for weeks protesting the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city employees.
- The protesters would reportedly organize outside her Roslindale home as early as 7 a.m. to shout, bang on drums and blow on whistles. The rally not only disturbed Wu’s family but her neighbors as well.
- “Boston has a strong legacy of activism, and it’s important to uphold and protect the ability to speak out and advocate fiercely to keep our democracy strong," Wu said in a statement. “But in a moment of divided national politics, we can’t normalize the harassment and hate spilling over into our communities. Boston must model not only bold, urgent policies, but also inclusive, empowering politics."
- Boston City Council President Ed Flynn and Police Commissioner Gregory Long voiced their support of Wu’s ordinance.
Several key Boston officials have voiced their support for Mayor Michelle Wu’s new proposed ordinance that would limit protests and picketing outside private residences between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
The new ordinance, filed on Monday, would protect all homes from “targeted residential picketing” and would reportedly not apply to gatherings, marches or rallies that do not target a specific person or resident, according to NBC Boston.