Chelsea man charged with East Boston stabbing

Boston Police report a fight outside 21 Bennington St. around 2:15 a.m. on Saturday ended when Miguel Rodriguez, 21, of Chelsea, plunged a knife into the arm of another man.

Police responding to the scene did not initially find the victim. Police report he didn't wait around for police, but instead got into a car with somebody else - and that a state trooper found the two at the entrance to the Sumner Tunnel.

Rodriguez was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Innocent, etc.

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Let me see if I understand the report correctly: Four women, along with Miguel, go to the police and say they were attacked by two men. Miguel gets arrested. He might have been the only male defending the women from their attackers--especially if he went with the women to the police. Were the two men, who fled, one of whom was treated for a non-life threatening stab wound, arrested? If the women did, in fact, identify their attackers as those two, including the stab victim, it seems to me they should have been arrested as well.

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Miguel is a bad person

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Suffolk County District Attorney's Office > Press Office > Press Releases > Press Releases 2011 > Chelsea Man Held For Broadway Stabbing

Chelsea Man Held For Broadway Stabbing

A Chelsea man is behind bars today for allegedly kicking a pregnant woman and stabbing another rival so badly that the man needed more than 93 staples to close a wound on his back, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

MIGUEL A. RODRIGUEZ (D.O.B. 8/8/92) was arraigned yesterday in Chelsea District Court on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, armed robbery, and two counts of aggravated assault and battery.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Henry recommended that Rodriguez be held on $5,000 cash bail and that his open bail on an earlier case be revoked. Bail was set at half the requested amount, but a judge did revoke Rodriguez’ bail on the earlier case, which charges him with threats and witness intimidation.

At about 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 17, Chelsea Police responded to the area of 419 Broadway for a report of a large fight. Officers arrived to find a man lying in the street in a pool of blood. That man – later identified as a 29-year-old Lynn resident – told them that he had been involved in a verbal argument with the defendant, who pulled a knife and stabbed him repeatedly. As the verbal argument became physical, the victim said, several other assailants approached, beat him, and stole his wallet.

The victim was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital with stab wounds and lacerations to his face, arm, and back, with the latter injury requiring 93 staples to close.

Chelsea Police undertook an extensive series of interviews in the hours that followed, learning that the victim and his 23-year-old pregnant girlfriend were preparing to give a friend a ride home. As they were getting ready to leave, the defendant – known to the parties as “Migi” or “Miguelito” – approached and confronted the friend. That sparked an argument that soon drew in the stabbing victim and his girlfriend.

Rodriguez allegedly yanked on the 23-year-old woman’s ponytail, threw her to the ground, and began kicking her. She told investigators that she looked up to see the defendant stabbing her boyfriend while two other assailants took part in beating him and taking his wallet. The pregnant woman was also transported to MGH. Her injuries were less serious.

During a search of the area, Chelsea Police recovered a folding knife that matched a description provided by the pregnant victim. Both victims were later able to identify Rodriguez from photo arrays presented by Chelsea Police detectives.

Chelsea Police obtained a warrant for Rodriguez’ arrest and took him into custody earlier this week. He was represented yesterday by attorney David Grimaldi and will return to court on Jan. 23.

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