By Jim Clark
Police responded to numerous reports of a fight occurring at the intersection of Pearl and Walnut Streets on Thursday afternoon. Alerts were given that weapons such as a baseball bat and a knife were involved in the altercation.
As officers arrived on the scene they were approached by two males, both of which had blood on their clothing, while one of them was bleeding from his hands. The two were then detained on the spot and questioned.
The man with the hand wounds was identified as Moises Rodriguez, 19, of Malden. The other individual was identified as a juvenile, age 17, of Medford.
Police called for an ambulance because of the severity of the wounds on Rodriguez. An ambulance was also called for the alleged victim of the stabbing which had taken place at 109 Gilman St.
A witness who claimed to have observed the entire event came forward and identified the two individuals as the ones involved in the fight in which the alleged victim was stabbed.
Upon questioning, Rodriguez reportedly told police that he and his companion went to the Mystic Housing Development to visit Rodriguez’s girlfriend, who was not at home. After leaving that location, Rodriguez said that he was confronted by the alleged victim and asked if he had a problem. A fight soon broke out between the three individuals, and Rodriguez reportedly said that the stabbing victim pulled out a baseball bat and struck Rodriguez on the arm, at which time Rodriguez said he struck back at the man with a knife.
A bloodied knife was found in the bushes near the area where the two suspects were initially spotted by police.
Rodriguez’s wounds were treated on the spot by EMT personnel and the two suspects were then placed under arrest, charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and armed assault to murder.