High Bail in Shooting that Injured 9-Year-Old Girl

BOSTON, Feb. 10, 2017—A Jamaica Plain man accused in the October shooting that left a 9-year-old girl paralyzed was held on high bail at his arraignment today, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

DOMINIQUE FINCH (D.O.B. 6/21/89) of Jamaica Plain was arraigned today in Roxbury Municipal Court on charges of assault to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building.  Assistant District Attorney Catherine Ham of the DA’s Senior Trial Unit requested bail of $500,000 with orders that Finch stay away and have no contact with the victim and her family, stay away from the Annunciation Road housing development where the shooting occurred, GPS monitoring, and abide by a curfew in the event he is to be released on bail.  Ham also asked that Finch’s bail in an open 2016 case be revoked.

Judge Debra DelVecchio set bail in the amount of $300,000, imposed all of the requested conditions, and revoked Finch’s bail in his open case. Finch was one of several men arrested in March 2016 on assault-related charges in connection with an assault at a Brighton bar that left a 20-year-old man seriously injured, prosecutors said.

Ham told the court that the victim suffered a gunshot wound to the back in the area of 63-99 Annunciation Road in the early morning hours of October 9.  She was transported to Boston Children’s Hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery.  As the result of the shooting, the victim suffered life-altering injuries.

Area surveillance cameras captured a gray vehicle in the areas of the shooting before, during, and after the shooting.  A panning camera captured the vehicle double park on Annunciation Road and a man in a hood exit and walk toward a group of individuals.  Due to the camera’s automatic movement, it did not capture the shooting, but instead captured images of what prosecutors believe were the shooter’s intended targets ducking and running in the direction of the playground where the victim and others had gathered.

During the course of their investigation, Boston Police detectives obtained data from a GPS device worn by Finch, which matched Finch’s movements in the moments before, during, and after the shooting with the path of the gray vehicle during the relevant time period, prosecutors said.  Finch had been ordered to wear the GPS monitoring device as a condition of his release on bail in connection with his pending 2016 assault case.

“Every child, parent, and family has the right to feel safe in their community,” Conley said.  “Acts of gun violence that threaten lives and safety will not be tolerated in Boston and Suffolk County. We’ll use every tool available to identify, apprehend, and prosecute the individuals who commit them.”

Sarah MacIsaac is the DA’s assigned victim-witness advocate.  Finch is represented by Yolanda Acevedo.  He returns to court March 6.





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