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A man accused of attacking two women in South Boston — the same area of the city where police said a third woman was abducted this week before being fatally stabbed — was ordered Thursday to undergo psychiatric evaluation after being ruled unfit for arraignment.
The hearing for Edwin Alemany, 28, was postponed by a South Boston District Court judge after a court-appointed psychiatrist who examined the defendant said he was suicidal and overcome by emotions.
The Boston resident was facing arraignment on charges that he stabbed a woman in South Boston early Wednesday, and punched another woman on Tuesday.
Alemany has not been charged in connection with the killing of Amy Lord, 24, a Wilbraham native whose body was found Tuesday afternoon in the Stony Brook Reservation in the city's Hyde Park neighborhood. Police said Lord was abducted that morning in South Boston and forced to withdraw money from several banks before she was killed.
Jake Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley, said Thursday that police were continuing a "very active investigation" into the killing and were looking for any patterns in the recent attacks in the neighborhood.
Alemany, who was brought to the courthouse in a hospital gown, was examined by Dr. Stephen Porter at the request of defense attorney James Greenberg. Porter told Judge Tracy-Lee Lyons that Alemany was suicidal and at one point pulled stitches from his hand.
Lyons ordered Alemany sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for 20 days of observation and set a new court date for Aug. 14.
Lord, a 2011 graduate of Bentley University, was living in South Boston and worked for a digital media firm.
This program aired on July 25, 2013. The audio for this program is not available.
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