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UPDATED: New Details Emerge From Hotel Assault

Lowell man is charged with aggravated assault and attempted murder.

UPDATED: Tuesday, 6 p.m.

A 25-year-old Lowell man allegedly mocked his girlfriend as he choked her to the brink of unconsciousness Sunday morning in a Tewksbury motel.

Hector Rivera was arraigned Monday in Lowell District Court on charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault and battery.

According to a press release issued by , officers responded to the after receiving a 911 call from a desk clerk. The employee told the officers he had heard screaming and crying coming from Room 252.

When the officers entered the room, they found a female victim, "crying, shaking and, at first, unable to speak."

The officer's reported that the victim's eye was bruised and inflamed and there were red marks on her neck, consistent with having been choked.

The victim told the officers that her boyfriend, Hector Rivera, had hit her and choked her until she could no longer breathe. Later, during an interview in the hospital, she said the incident began with an argument, during which Rivera had slapped her face.

She told the officers that when she tried to escape the motel room, he punched her in the face. He then pushed her onto the bed, held her down and started to strangle her with his hands. She said Rivera yelled at her as he was choking her, "sucks you can't breathe, huh."

She told the officers she was sure Rivera was going to kill her and that Rivera only stopped when he heard the police officers knocking at the door.

According to Sheehan, Rivera slipped out a back window just before officers entered the room.

Rivera was the subject of a manhunt, which included a K9 unit and the Airwing helicopter and was eventually arrested after a Tewksbury resident, who had heard about the search, called police and reported seeing him near her house.

Tess May 22, 2011 at 10:15 PM
Great job capturing the suspect by the Lowell police!!!
Donna H. May 23, 2011 at 04:36 PM
Can anyone tell us why we do not receive auto 911 calls to the Residents to let us know that a dangerous situation is happening as it happens? Several police chases and manhunts have occurred in Tewksbury lately and the only hint of a major issue is hearing sirens and helicopters circling about in the sky. I can lock my doors but a dangerous person who knows he is the subject of a manhunt certainly would not think twice about breaking a window. The onus should not be on the Resident to "hear" about the search - not all of us have that availability. A heads up just helps the citizens be more aware of their surroundings and assist if at all possible.
Mike May 23, 2011 at 04:59 PM
I agree with you Donna. I was standing in the 99 parking lot with my wife and 9 and 10 year old children watching the helicopter fly above us. We had no idea someone was in the area that would be considered dangerous. I kept saying to my wife there are no cops around so it can not be something that bad. Guess I was wrong.
Melissa Gleaton May 23, 2011 at 06:12 PM
I agree, reverse 9-1-1 should be utilized in these situations. However, reverse 9-1-1 wouldn't help Dave in the middle of the 99 parking lot.
TheDC May 24, 2011 at 09:42 PM
Was he running from the choking or was he wanted for some other reason? I ask because what if it was a consensual choking? That's the only thing motels are good for nowadays - consensual chokings - right?
Melissa Gleaton May 24, 2011 at 10:10 PM
DC I almost spit my water on the screen... thanks for the laugh!
malcolm nichols May 25, 2011 at 11:51 AM
We need this "establishement" so we can capture those extra hotel taxes we just voted for. This seems to be one of few businesses making money in Tewksbury.

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