Hugo Ventura, 30, was arraigned this week on a charge of slashing a man's ear and face after police began to doubt his story that his victim suffered his injuries while saving him from a pack of three guys with a machete who'd burst into the Bennington Street apartment where they'd been drinking, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Hugo Ventura, 30, was released on $100 bail; prosecutors had asked Judge Roberto Ronquillo for $1,000 bail.
According to the DA's office, police arrived at 78 Bennington St. around 7 a.m. on Friday to find a 30-year-old man with a knife wound clear through his ear and a slash on his face - along with a 49-year-old woman suffering frmo a cut to her hand.
Ventura allegedly told responding officers that three men had broken into the home, providing detailed descriptions of each alleged assailant, including one whom he said wielded a machete, prosecutors said. Ventura allegedly claimed that the two victims came to his aid as he fought off the intruders and that the man with the machete had caused their injuries, prosecutors said.
Unfortunately for Ventura, the other man told police a more prosaic story as he was treated at Mass. General: He and Ventura had been drinking, they started to argue about something and Ventura grabbed a knife and stabbed him.
Tbe DA's office says that when confronted with this story, Ventura acknowledged he'd made the machete story up and that he had, in fact, stabbed the other man.