Man Arraigned on Stabbing Charges

An East Boston man was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon this week after his bizarre tale he told police of a mysterious machete-wielding man breaking into his apartment and stabbing his drinking buddy.

Hugo Ventura, 30, of East Boston was arraigned on charges he stabbed his drinking companion in the head and told police that a stranger with a machete did the deed. Assistant District Attorney Janine D’Amico requested bail to be set at $1,000.  Judge Roberto Ronquillo imposed $100 bail but Ventura was ordered held on an immigration detainer.

Boston Police arrived at a Bennington Street address and found a 30-year-old East Boston man suffering from a stab wound.  A blade had gone through the victim’s ear and slashed his face, prosecutors said.  A 49-year-old woman also suffered a cut to the hand.

Ventura told responding officers that three men had broken into the home, providing detailed descriptions of each alleged assailant, including one whom he said wielded a machete.  Ventura claimed that the two victims came to his aid as he fought off the intruders and that the man with the machete had caused their injuries.

However, once the male victim was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, he told police a far different story. He said that he and Ventura had been drinking together when they began to argue, Ventura allegedly stabbed him.

After his arrest, Ventura allegedly made post-Miranda statements admitting that the story he initially gave police was untrue and that he grabbed a knife during a physical altercation with the victim.

Ventura is being represented by William Gens and will return to court on June 25.

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