Tewksbury Man Indicted For Assaulting Girlfriend, Torching Her Car
Suspect allegedly tossed Molotov cocktails into woman's car.
(Editor's note: The following information was provided by the office of District Attorney Gerry Leone.)
A Tewksbury man has been indicted on charges alleging that he assaulted his girlfriend, violated a restraining order, and threw two Molotov cocktails at her car.
According to a press release issued by District Attorney Gerry Leone, Carlo Huacon, 24, was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon on a person over 60, stalking in violation of a restraining order, destruction of property over $250, violation of an abuse prevention order (3 counts), assault and battery, possession of an infernal machine (4 counts), and burning personal property.
An arraignment date has not yet been set.
“These allegations are extremely troubling, where the defendant is alleged to have assaulted the victim and her mother, as well as violated the victim’s restraining order on numerous times while threatening her and damaging her vehicle with two dangerous explosive devices,” Leone said.“Domestic Violence is about power and control and here we allege that the defendant attempted to have power and control over the victim by launching a series of escalating serious, criminal actions against the victim. We commend the victim for her courage to come forward and revealing this defendant’s abuse.”
According to authorities, the defendant and the victim entered into a relationship in the beginning of 2008. Soon into the relationship, the defendant allegedly began to abuse the victim. In March 2011, the defendant and the victim engaged in a verbal confrontation inside the apartment that she shared with her children, her brother, and her elderly mother.
Prosecutors allege that during the confrontation, Huacon grabbed the victim by her throat and threatened her to kill her. The victim’s mother allegedly witnessed the assault and heard the threat and asked the defendant to leave the apartment. At this time, the defendant allegedly assaulted the victim’s mother with a butcher knife and threatened to blow up the apartment. The victim’s mother immediately called 911 and the defendant was arrested by Lowell Police.
On July 29, authorities allege that the defendant sent a threatening text message to the victim, which was a violation of the restraining order the victim had taken out against the defendant in March. Approximately thirty minutes later, the victim observed that her motor vehicle headlights had been smashed. Security cameras at the victim’s place of employment captured a car, similar to the defendant’s, leaving the parking lot. Later that evening, the victim observed the defendant walking near her home and notified the police.
On July 30, the victim’s landlord discovered an unexploded Molotov cocktail on the front lawn of the victim’s apartment. Authorities allege that the defendant threw the device at the victim’s car, cracking the windshield. Authorities also allege that the defendant scratched an offensive word into the hood of the victim’s car.
According to Leone, on Sept. 9, the victim’s brother allegedly witnessed the defendant light a second Molotov cocktail and throw it at the victim’s car. The device exploded, causing a fire and damage to the victim’s car.
The defendant was arrested by Lowell Police on Sept. 10 and was arraigned in Lowell District Court on Sept.12 where Judge Lawrence Pierce ordered him held on $10,000. He was indicted by a Middlesex grand jury on Sept. 29.