Translated From: Boston man accused of rape appears in court –…
Discovered on: 2022-05-19 23:44:44
A registered sex offender with criminal records in four states appeared in a Boston courtroom Thursday handcuffed to a wheelchair, a day after someone recognized him from a surveillance image broadcast on television and called 911.
Edwin Fantauzzi, 33, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, had two separate appearances Thursday on unrelated charges: one for resisting arrest and one for rape and assault charges. He only appeared for the first one; his lawyer said he didn’t feel well enough to attend the second one.
Prosecutors said Fantauzzi got into trouble with officers when he was arrested in Roxbury on Wednesday. They said he also ingested a white powder, which led to his brief hospitalization.
Prosecutors were looking for him in connection with a sexual assault in downtown Boston days earlier.
They said Fantauzzi asked a woman if he could use the bathroom in his apartment building on Harrison Avenue on Saturday morning before forcing his way into the building, knocking the woman down and raping her.
Prosecutors said a stairwell surveillance camera captured the entire sexual assault.
This is not Fantauzzi’s first encounter with the police. He had been wanted by police in connection with a sexual assault on a child in 2018.
It was not immediately clear what happened to that case.
The investigation into the Harrison Avenue violation continues. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 617-343-4400.
Resources on sexual assault are available from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 800-656-4673. Since it was first created in 1994, the National Sexual Assault Hotline has helped more than two million people, according to its website.