Man charged for stabbing park rangers on Common

by Agatha Kereere / Beacon Staff • October 18, 2014

A homeless man stabbed two park rangers in the Boston Common Tuesday evening, leaving one in critical condition, according to Suffolk County prosecutors.

Bodio Hutchinson, 34, was charged with armed assault with the intent to murder; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; and assault and battery on a public employee, at his arraignment Wednesday afternoon. He plead not guilty to all charges and was ordered to be held on $1 million bail, according to a statement from Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley’s office.

The rangers responded to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday after hearing reports of a man wielding a knife. Hutchinson then allegedly stabbed the two men, according to a Boston Globe report.

One of the rangers, a 46-year-old man, was stabbed in the abdomen and slashed on his back with the knife. He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, according to the DA’s office.

The other ranger, a 25-year-old man, suffered five stab wounds to his back and abdomen. He was rushed to New England Medical Center with critical injuries. Both men are expected to survive, according to the statement.

Emerson College Police Chief Robert Smith asked Emerson students to stay away from the area while Boston Police investigated in an email to the community on Tuesday.

“Students should travel in groups and have both the Boston Police Department and the Emerson College Police Department on speed dial,” he said in an interview with the Beacon. “They also need to have situational awareness. I know it’s common [for students] to walk around with earphones in, but they can’t hear if someone is coming up behind them.”