Edwin Alemany, Boston man, to be charged in killing of Amy Lord, D.A. says

Amy Lord via CBS Boston

(CBS/AP) BOSTON - A man being held in connection with two recent attacks on women in South Boston will be charged with the murder of another woman, 24-year-old Amy Lord, who police say was abducted from the same neighborhood last week.

Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley announced Thursday that forensic and other evidence has linked 28-year-old Edwin Alemany to the killing of the Wilbraham native.

Police said Lord was kidnapped and forced to withdraw cash from several banks before she was fatally stabbed. Her body was found July 23 in a city park.

Alemany was previously named as a "person of interest" in the case. He was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after being charged with attacks on two other women last week.

According to CBS Boston, he is expected to be arraigned at the completion of his mental health evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital. Conley said the case against Alemany will be presented to a grand jury.

Kayleigh Ballantyne, one of the two other women allegedly attacked by Alemany, says she was stabbed several times on a Boston street just after midnight on July 24. She was able to kick the knife out the attacker's hands. She later identified Alemany when she was being treated at the hospital. Ballantyne is in stable condition.

Another woman, who was attacked on the morning of July 23, told police that Alemany said to her, "I'm not robbing you I'm going to kill you." Then he looked at her and said, "you're not the one I'm looking for, I'm sorry. I have a hit out for a female pushing a baby carriage."

According to court records, Alemany has a lengthy criminal history, including an attack on a woman last September, the station reports.

"If you look very carefully at his record, you see an individual who was primarily breaking and entering into cars, stealing from cars with some violence on his record," DA Conley said. "Every time he was before the court, he was punished and the sentence that was imposed was reasonable for the offense at the time."

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis reportedly said his department continues to investigate Det. Jerome Hall-Brewster, who was demoted to patrolman last week after a review of a Sept. 2012 incident found he failed to move forward in a sexual assault case in which Alemany was the prime suspect.