A Lowell man first thought to have been beaten by an Allston mob was later charged with attempted murder after Boston Police interviewed a stabbing victim in the same hospital a short time later, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.
MONIVIREAK MEAS (D.O.B. 1/1/85) was arraigned yesterday in Brighton District Court for the Sunday morning turn of events, which included his alleged stabbing a stranger in the chest. Assistant District Attorney Evan Turgeon recommended that Meas be held on $75,000 cash bail; Judge David Weingarten set bail at $5,000.
Boston Police officers responded to a possible domestic violence call at 1127 Commonwealth Ave. shortly after 2:00 Sunday morning and spoke to a group of men who told them of a man with a bloody face about a block away. Near 1111 Commonwealth Ave., they found Meas bleeding from his eyes and mouth. Also present was his girlfriend, a 22-year-old Allston woman.
The female told officers that she and Meas had been arguing a short time earlier when a group of unknown men approached them and began to punch Meas in the face. The female said that her argument with Meas had not been physical. Both were transported to nearby St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.
About an hour later, the same officers returned to St. Elizabeth’s to interview a stabbing victim. That victim, a 23-year-old Cambridge man, told them that he had been walking down Commonwealth Avenue with two friends when they encountered a man who looked as if he had just been in a fight. In the altercation that followed, the man – described as an Asian male with a slim build and “crazy-looking hair” – stabbed him in the chest.
The officers went back to Meas, who was still at St. Elizabeth’s and matched the description given by the stabbing victim. Meas told them that he pulled out a pocket knife and pointed it at the men, “but I don’t know what happened.” He also said he had thrown the knife into the street.
Boston Police detectives also responded to the hospital and presented the stabbing victim with a photo array that included Meas’s picture. The victim identified Meas as the man who had stabbed him. Detectives then spoke to one of the victim’s friends, a 21-year-old Boston man, who said that after the assailant had stabbed his friend once and was preparing to do so again, he blocked the assailant’s arm and knocked the knife from his hand. That man also told detectives he threw the knife across the street.
Detectives returned to the scene and recovered the knife, a fully-opened folding knife with what appeared to be blood on the blade.
“A case like this highlights the challenges that police face every day,” Conley said. “Officers have to sort through multiple conflicting accounts and facts that aren’t immediately apparent. Boston Police don’t have an easy job, but they have an important one and they do it exceptionally well.”
Meas will return to court on Jan. 13.