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Stabbing Suspect Released with No Bail

Craig Bourque, charged with stabbing a jogger on Salem Street on St. Patrick's day, was released on personal recognizance on Monday.

A man suspected of stabbing a jogger on Salem Street last Thursday night was released on personal recognizance by a district court judge Monday.

Craig Bourque, 23, of Great Barrington, told investigators he thought the jogger was running toward him with a machete, according to a police report obtained by Medford Patch. Bourque allegedly stabbed the victim in the upper torso with a carving knife. The victim was also struck in the head with a bottle, according to the report.

Bourque was questioned on the night of the incident, but not arrested until Saturday. He was released on personal recognizance bail following his arraignment in Somerville District Court on Monday on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, according to court documents.

Leading up to the incident, Bourque and three friends were cruising around the area celebrating St. Patrick's Day, according to the police report written by Officer Michael Pellegrino.

Bourque told investigators he was picked up on Broadway in Somerville and the men drove around the area yelling and waiving at people on the street, the report said.

They stopped on Salem Street in Medford, where the driver of the car abruptly pulled the car over, the men got out and ran toward some people on the street, according to the report.

During this confrontation, Bourque told investigators he saw another man approaching with what he thought was a "blue machete," Pellegrino wrote.

Bourque said he got afraid and drew a carving knife from his pocket and stabbed the man, the report said. Bourque dropped the knife and he and his friends ran off, according to the report.

Shortly after the stabbing, police searched the area and spotted Bourque walking down Paris Street. He had a rapid heart beat and was sweating. When asked why, he said he was smoking pot near Salem Street and when he saw the blue police lights he panicked and ran. An officer found a small amount of marijuana on Bourque, the report said.

A witness identified the shoes Bourque was wearing, but could not identify his face as being involved in the incident on Salem Street, so Bourque was released, according to the report.

But after further witness interviews, investigation, and evidence found during a K-9 search of the area, police decided there was enough evidence to charge Bourque.

They called his parents on Saturday, who brought him to Medford Police station, where he admitted to the stabbing was was placed under arrest, the report said.

Bourque told investigators he could only identify the men he was with in the car by first names and nicknames. Police continue to search for the other suspects. Two are believed to be white and the other may be hispanic, according to previous police statements.

The crime was random, police Lt. Paul Covino previously said.

"This crime could have happened anywhere in this city or in any other city," he said in a statement. "We believe that the suspects were trolling for an opportunity to commit their crime. We encourage all people to be more vigilant when out walking or jogging."

citizen kane March 23, 2011 at 08:44 PM
"We believe that the suspects were trolling for an opportunity to commit their crime. We encourage all people to be more vigilant when out walking or jogging." Geez....I encourage the Police to be more vigilant in crime fighting...something they get paid to do!!!!!!!!!!
bornandraised02155 March 24, 2011 at 05:42 PM
Shortly after the suspect was released with "No Bail", another assault took place not far from where Mr. Bourque was accused. This may be a coincidence, but if the courts continue to treat these criminals with kid gloves, there is no threat of punishment for these acts of violence.
jaco March 24, 2011 at 10:24 PM
My previous comments were deleted. Interesting. This whole incident smells very funny. How does someone commit a near-murder with a carving knife (which just happened to be in his pocket) after jumping from a car to commit a separate assault, and then get released with no supervision or bail? Apparently the "I thought he had a blue machete" defense is valid...
jaco March 24, 2011 at 10:25 PM
Well, CF, you HAVE to be more vigilant when they turn knife-weilding thugs loose with no bail...
EGK March 25, 2011 at 08:31 PM
It's sad to see such a promising rap career cut short by poor choices.. http://www.youtube.com/user/overthestove#p/u/23/VcaEUk_WXE4
EGK March 25, 2011 at 08:32 PM
It's sad to see such a promising rap career cut short by poor choices.... http://www.youtube.com/user/overthestove#p/u/23/VcaEUk_WXE4
Curly March 26, 2011 at 04:31 PM
Promising? How so? He's obviously on drugs and pretending to speak like that.
Bobert March 28, 2011 at 03:50 AM
Was he pretending to stab someone? I'm pretty sure this goes way beyond playing "gangsta". In fact I would even consider having someone evaluate his mental state.
Bobert March 28, 2011 at 03:52 AM
Maybe he's doing this as promotion for his debut album?
Jarret Bencks (Editor) September 22, 2011 at 04:55 PM
A comment on this thread was deleted due to inappropriate language.
marcus diggs May 14, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Yes how does he get released like that by a judge. When I had a case in the same court walked into court on a warrant for simple assault and got locked up after turning myself In?

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