BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) –Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis says a suspect arrested in connection with two other attacks on women in South Boston this week is a "person of interest" in the abduction and fatal stabbing of a 24-year-old woman.
Davis told reporters Friday that no arrests have been made in the killing of Wilbraham native Amy Lord, but said investigators are examining DNA and other evidence and are "confident and comfortable" they are on the right track. He added that investigators do not believe there is more than one suspect in the case.
The commissioner also announced an internal review into a police detective's failure to arrest 28-year-old Edwin Alemany in connection to a Sept. 2012 assault.
A woman was attacked and strangled from behind on Parker Hill Avenue at about 2 a.m. on Sept. 28, 2012. The woman fought back and ended up in possession of a wallet and identification belonging to Alemany.
"Looking back now on that incident, it's clear that Mr. Alemany is a strong suspect in that incident," said Commissioner Davis. "The detectives handling the case attempted to contact Alemany and question him, but they were unable to locate him. At the time, they did not believe they had enough probable cause to arrest and they submitted some evidence for DNA testing."
Davis said further testing in the case is ongoing. He said it is clear after reviewing evidence that the detectives did have probably cause to arrest Alemany in the Sept. attack.
"The department is conducting an internal review of the matter and Internal Affairs is opening an investigation into how the case is handled," Davis explained.
Commissioner Davis also addressed Alemany's lengthy criminal record.
"It's incredibly frustrating that we're here today talking about a man that has 18 juvenile arraignments and 34 adult arraignments and is still not incarcerated," said Davis.
Davis' comments come about three hours after Boston Mayor Tom Menino told FOX 25's Sharman Sacchetti that police were waiting to charge Alemany until DNA and fingerprint testing is completed.
"My information is we only have one suspect in this case," Menino told Sacchetti.
Alemany's arraignment was postponed Thursday for his alleged connection to two assaults on women in South Boston. He is accused of punching one woman Tuesday morning and stabbing another midnight Wednesday.
Investigators say Lord, a Bentley University graduate and South Boston resident, was forced to go to several banks to withdraw money before she was killed early Tuesday morning. She was seen on surveillance video at five bank automated teller machines between 6 a.m. and 6:47 a.m.
Lord's body was found Tuesday afternoon by a bicyclist at the Stony Brook Reservation in Hyde Park. Police said she was wearing gym clothes when she was kidnapped.
Lord graduated in 2007 from Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, where she was an honors student and a varsity cheerleader, according to school superintendent, Martin O'Shea.
At Bentley, Lord was a peer adviser for the study abroad program. She studied business and economics at the Universidad de Navarra in Spain in 2009 and played intramural soccer, Bentley president Gloria Larson said in a statement.