A man accused of allegedly grabbing and trying to drag away a woman in East Boston at 4 a.m. was ordered held without bail pending the outcome of a dangerousness hearing, Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins said.
Korey David, 21, most recently of East Boston and previously of Lowell, was arraigned Monday in the East Boston Division of the Boston Municipal Court on charges of kidnapping, assault and battery and witness intimidation.
At the request of Assistant District Attorney Bader Abueid of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit, Judge Tracy-Lee Lyons scheduled the dangerousness hearing for 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.
ADA Abueid told the court that on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, an unknown male approached the victim as she was walking to work at 4 a.m. under the Callahan Tunnel approach road. The man grabbed the woman by the waist and attempted to drag her away, while telling her, “Come with me.” He forcibly prevented her from using her cellphone to call for help. The assailant ultimately fled after another man approached on foot.
The victim reported the incident to the Boston Police Department. Detectives found video footage of the suspect in the area of the assault that depicted him wearing what appeared to be a GPS monitoring bracelet. After consultation with Suffolk prosecutors, detectives sought GPS data from the Department of Probation. The data placed David at the location and time of the assault. David had been released on GPS monitoring in February 2021 in a pending Middlesex Superior Court case in which he faces multiple charges of rape of a child. At the request of Middlesex County prosecutors, David had been held without bail under the state’s dangerousness statute but was granted release over the Middlesex County prosecutors’ objection with the condition that he remain under house arrest. In May 2021, the court allowed him to change his residence from a Lowell address to one in East Boston only yards from where last week’s attack occurred.
On July 9, 2021, Boston police detectives observed David walking outside his residence, in apparent violation of his house arrest, wearing a shirt consistent with the one worn by the assailant in the surveillance footage two days earlier. The detectives immediately arrested him.
“This individual is accused of preying on and attacking a woman walking to work alone in the early morning hours. We will assist probation in any way possible regarding this blatant and significant probation violation. Further, we intend to meet our higher burden at the upcoming dangerousness hearing. This individual will be removed from our community because he has made very clear he cannot comport with the public safety requirements and conditions the Court imposed,” District Attorney Rachael Rollins said. “I’m grateful to the witness who observed the assault and ultimately helped scare away the attacker. I commend that witness for getting involved. When they saw something they got involved. Assaults on women are not a women’s issue. These types of violent crimes are overwhelmingly committed by men, and we need male voices and allies loudly proclaiming that this type of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
Alexander Jaramillo is the assigned victim witness advocate. Mr. Korey was represented for arraignment only by attorney Jillise McDonough.