On June 25th at approximately 1:40 am, Boston Medical Center received a walk-in stab wound victim displaying serious injuries. The incident occurred at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard in the area of Methadone Mile.
This area has increasingly become inhabited by the homeless population due to the opioid pandemic, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the housing crisis. In recent months there have been efforts to place many on the streets in temporary housing, yet a large amount of people still remain struggling in the area, causing crime rates to increase.
Boston Police units from districts D-4 and C-6 and Health Commission Police arrived on the scene after receiving reports of an assault and battery dangerous weapon by means of a knife. Responding officers located a blood trail along the sidewalk of the Mass Ave Connector beginning at the median island of the Connector and traveling down Mass Ave towards the BMC ED. This resulted in the investigation being turned over to the Mass State Police who arrive shortly after.
Due to the amount of trash, needles, and human waste covering the ground, officers struggled to find evidence in connection to this case, besides the blood trail. Sources close to the investigation tell us that there was luckily a near-by security camera that captured the whole attack on video. The footage shows the victim being brutally stabbed multiple times. Officers spoke with the victim, a 40-year-old man from the area, who stated that the suspect was unknown to him.
The victim was panhandling in the area when he approached the suspect attempting to sell a phone charger to him. The suspect, who sources identified as, 28-year-old Kevin Ortiz, started arguing with the victim and the men then proceeded to fight, eventually ending up on the ground. The fight was then broken up by bystanders causing Ortiz to flee the area.
After the fight, the victim realized that he was bleeding from stab wounds and attempted to walked to the BMC ED. It was at that point where Boston Health Commission Police Officers found him and brought him the rest of the way to seek treatment. The victim did provide Health Commission Officers and first responding Troopers a suspect description which helped lead to his arrest.
Boston Health Commission Police Officers and Troopers searched the surrounding area and swiftly found Ortiz on South Hampton Street, which is not far from the original scene. Troopers arrested Ortiz and transported him to H-9 for booking.
At this time the investigation is still ongoing. If you are a community member wishing to assist, you can do so anonymously by contacting CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word “TIP” to CRIME (27463).