Man Held On $1M Bail In Stabbings Of 2 Boston Common Rangers

The homeless man charged with stabbing two park rangers on Boston Common Tuesday has been held on $1 million cash bail.

Bodio Hutchinson, 34, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of assault and battery on a public employee, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and armed assault with intent to murder, according to the Suffolk County district attorney's office.

His lawyer said he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and does not remember the attack.

Police said Wednesday the more seriously injured of the park rangers is improving. The 46-year-old veteran, who was in critical condition when he brought to Massachusetts General Hospital with stab wounds to the abdomen and underwent surgery, is expected to survive.

His 23-year-old colleague with less serious injuries was treated at Tufts Medical Center and is expected to be released Wednesday.

Their names have not been made public.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said Tuesday the two rangers were attacked after they approached Hutchinson about 4:30 p.m. as he sat on the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Monument at the edge of the park. The commissioner said witnesses followed Hutchinson and provided cellphone video to police.

Hutchinson was previously wanted by police for attacking an officer in the past.

"He had outstanding warrants for assault and battery on a police officer, as well as drug charges, so he's not a newcomer," Evans said.

With reporting from the WBUR Newsroom and the Associated Press.

This article was originally published on October 15, 2014.


More from WBUR

Listen Live