February 2010 Archives

February 24, 2010

Malden Man Arrested for Carjacking Arraigned in Boston Court

565690_car_stealing.jpgA Malden man was arraigned yesterday for Carjacking charges in Boston Municipal Court for allegedly accosting an Arlington woman in a parking garage in the early afternoon hours on Monday. Michael Fitzpatrick, 52, of Malden, allegedly pointed a handgun at her and demanded her car.

The woman complied with the demand and threw her keys at him before running away. Two other women witnessed the incident and safeguarded the victim in their vehicle before driving away. When they reached the cashier's gate of the garage, however, the carjacker drove up behind them and smashed through the entrance gate to exit the garage.

Not too long thereafter, Michael Fitzpatrick collided with a taxi cab at North Street and Cross Street in Boston. He drove away from that crash before again crashing, this time with a tree on Commercial Street in Boston, Massachusetts.

At his arraignment, Fitzpatrick was ordered to submit to a Competency Evaluation and was seen by a Court Psychiatrist, where it was discovered that he is an alcoholic, consuming nearly half a gallon of vodka daily.

The carjacker, it turns out, also had two other pending criminal matters, a drunk driving case out of Orange District Court, and an assault case in Quincy District Court. At his Bail Hearing, the Suffolk County District Attorney told the Judge that Fitzpatrick's criminal record includes a history of violence, convictions in Virginia, Florida and 16 criminal convictions in Massachusetts. He was held on $100,000 bail.

Read more on this story by Milton Valencia & John Ellement, Globe Staff.

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February 16, 2010

Boston Firefighter Arrested for OUI, Assault & Battery Charges

A lieutenant in the Boston Fire Department was arrested this past weekend in what has been described an outright drunken road rage incident. Braintree Police have charged Paul Souza with several criminal offenses, including Operating Under the Influence and three counts of Assault & Battery.

After cutting off another car in Braintree, Massachusetts, the Boston firefighter is accused of forcing that car to stop, which was occupied by a couple and their son. Paul Souza is then alleged to have shouted obscenities at the other car, punching through the driver's side window, and then speeding off. The other driver chased the Boston firefighter while calling police on his cell phone.

Although Mr. Souza tried to escape capture from police with sharp turns down side streets, he was eventually stopped and arrested. Braintree Police wrote in their report that he was uncooperative and could smell alcohol on his breath.

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