In front of a courtroom filled with the victim's relatives and friends - one of whom was ejected for loudly demanding the defendants show their faces, rather than hide behind a door - Judge Lisa Grant agreed to the bail request from a prosecutor on the charge of unarmed robbery for an incident Friday night.
Through their attorneys, both Kenneth Ford, 23, of Roxbury, and Dejon Barnes, 18, formerly of Dorchester but now of Worcester, declared their innocence for the critical, life threatening injuries suffered by an 18-year-old who thought he was meeting somebody to sell his iPhone.
Assistant Suffolk County District Attorney Amy Martin said the arranged, via a friend who knew a friend of Barnes, to sell his iPhone for $600. The victim and two friends walked over to a meeting place on Gallivan Boulevard Friday night. Ford pulled up in a silver, four-door Ford sedan with Florida plates, with Barnes in the passenger seat, she said.
Barnes rolled down his window and he and the victim showed him the phone, but Barnes began questioning whether it was a real phone or too badly scratched to buy. Still, she continued, Barnes then opened the glove compartment, as if to reach for money. But, instead, she said, he grabbed the phone out of the victim's hand, then rolled the window up, trapping the victim's arm.
And then, the prosecutor said, Ford hit the gas and sped off down Gallivan towards Morton Street - dragging the trapped victim outside for a half mile, until he finally fell away near Nevada Street, where witnesses saw him and called 911. Martin said EMTs got to the scene first and didn't wait for troopers to arrive before rushing him to the hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
At this point in her recitation of the case against the two, one of the victim's relatives or friends yelled "Fucking coward! Show your face!" A court officer escorted him from the courtroom.
Martin said investigators traced the pair to a party on Phillips Street in the West End early Sunday - and found the silver Ford sedan parked outside.
Even if Ford were able to make bail, he would remain behind bars, because Grant revoked his bail on an outstanding case out of Middlesex County on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Barnes has no criminal record in Massachusetts.
Barnes' attorney, Jeffrey Chapdelaine, requested bail of just $1,000 and a condition he stay out of Boston until his case is resolved. He noted his client has a clean Massachusetts record and that he has been forced to assume many of the responsibilities as father to his two younger brother since his family moved to Worcester last year.
Ford's attorney sought bail of $5,000, saying he was born and raised in Boston and has family here. He said that while the victim's injuries are "a serious situation," his client was only charged with unarmed robbery.
State Police say the two could yet face additional charges.
After Grant set bail of $100,000 for each man, and revoked Ford's bail on the Middlesex case, the victim's supporters in the courtroom broke into applause.
Grant said a Dec. 4 date for the next hearing in the case.
The Cambridge Civic Journal reports city officials have concluded so-called Icelandic crosswalks would cause more trouble than they solve in East Cambridge, because the optical illusions might cause some drivers to swerve to avoid them.
In one formal study, between 10-14% of drivers swerved upon seeing the markings, perhaps believing them to be real raised objects in the roadway. Swerving would not be a safe maneuver for either the driver or other users on the road.
A teenager remains in critical condition at a local hospital tonight after a robbery Friday night that ended with the robbers closing their car window on his arm, which kept him trapped outside the car as they sped down Gallivan Boulevard at a high rate of speed for several blocks - at one point even blasting through a red light - State Police say.
State Police say they arrested both men involved in the robbery - Kenneth Ford, 23, of Roxbury and Dejon Barnes, 18, of Dorchester - at a West End party early today.
According to State Police, the victim met with the two men on Gallivan Boulevard late Friday with a smart phone the two claimed they wanted to buy. They stayed in the car - one rolled down his window - as the victim negotiated with them through the window.
During the interaction between the two men in the car and the victim, who was on foot, the suspects hooked the victim’s arm in the car by closing the car window on the arm, and then drove off at a high rate of speed, dragging the victim alongside the moving car for several city blocks.
Evidence indicates that the suspect vehicle passed through a red light at the intersection with Washington Street and continued to travel away from the initial scene. The victim was located on the ground on Gallivan Boulevard, just prior to Nevada Street, unresponsive with severe injuries.
Barnes and Ford were initially charged with unarmed robbery, but will likely face additional charges, State Police say.
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