Suspect In Esplanade Stabbing To Undergo Mental Evaluation

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The man accused of stabbing a jogger on the Charles River Esplanade with a pair of scissors Friday has been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation after an appearance in Boston Municipal Court Monday.

The Suffolk District Attorney's office said Luis Olivo, 37, was ordered held without bail and will be sent to Bridgewater State Hospital.

WBZ-TV's Christina Rex said the judge made that decision—as opposed to arraigning Olivo—after a doctor testified that Olivo was “acutely psychotic.”

 

Massachusetts State Police said that on Friday afternoon Olivo attacked the victim, a 23-year-old Allston woman, "suddenly and without provocation" as she jogged across a footbridge between the Esplanade and lagoon.

Thanks to help from witnesses, troopers found Olivo and chased him, arresting him near Commonwealth Avenue and Dartmouth Street. State Police said he resisted arrest and had to be subdued with a stun gun.

The victim suffered head and body injuries, including a laceration to her head. She was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital and was released Saturday.

Olivo is facing multiple charges including armed assault with intent to murder and resisting arrest. State Police said he also was charged on an "unrelated outstanding warrant," but did not say what that warrant was for.

An arraignment for Olivo is set for July 19.

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