A Dorchester man was held on high bail following his arraignment for allegedly using a children’s high chair to beat a stabbing victim in a Chinatown restaurant early this morning, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
HARVEY HENRY (D.O.B. 2/7/85) was arraigned in the Boston Municipal Court today on charges of armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Judge Edward Redd set bail at $30,000 as requested by Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Walsh and further ordered Henry to stay away from the victim, stay out of Chinatown, and surrender his passport if he posts bail. Henry was born in Jamaica.
Boston Police responded to the Moon Villa restaurant on Edinboro Street just after 2:40 a.m. for a report of a fight that was soon reclassified as a stabbing. On arrival, they found an adult male lying on the floor and being treated by emergency medical technicians for a serious stab wound to his abdomen. The man was transported to Tufts Medical Center in critical condition. In light of the seriousness of his injuries, the officers asked that the Boston Police Homicide Unit be notified.
Homicide detectives and detectives from District A1 soon learned that a group of four men, including Henry, was preparing to leave the restaurant when one began yelling, making a scene, and exchanging words with another group of men.
Restaurant staff attempted to escort the unruly man, Henry, and their two associates out of the restaurant. Instead, the men rushed past the staff and the verbal altercation escalated to a physical one.
At that point, Henry allegedly picked up a wooden children’s high chair and began using it to beat the victim in the head and body. At the same time, another man produced a sharp metal object and stabs the victim in the abdomen. The attack continued even after the victim fell to the floor.
“The victim was incapable of defending himself,” Conley said. “His assailants continued to beat and stab him.”
Henry is said to have cut his hand on the chair after breaking it during the attack. He, the stabber, and two other men then fled the restaurant.
While the investigation was proceeding in Chinatown, Boston Police were notified that a man was present at Boston Medical Center seeking treatment for a puncture wound he claimed to have suffered while falling down stairs. Medical staff were of the opinion that the wound was not consistent with those circumstances.
When officers responded to the hospital, they recognized Henry both from a description they had been given and from video surveillance they had reviewed. After Henry received stitches for his injury and was advised of his Miranda rights, he agreed to speak with detectives.
Harvey allegedly at first denied being at the Moon Villa but later acknowledged that he had been there and had been involved in a “scuffle” but denied that he or anyone else had used a weapon during that incident.
Based on his statements, witness interviews, and evidence at the scene, Boston Police took Henry into custody. The investigation into the stabber’s identity remains very active, Conley said.
Henry is represented by attorney Brian Lenfest.