BRATTLEBORO -- A Guilford man accused of stabbing another man in Cambridge, Mass., on the evening of Sept. 8, has been sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for a psychological examination, according to court documents obtained by the Boston Herald.
During his arraignment on Monday, Nicolas Baker, 25, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and malicious destruction of property over $250. Because he was sent for a psychiatric evaluation, said a spokeswoman for the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office, bail was not addressed.
According to the court documents, prior to the alleged assault, Baker muttered something about "being robbed in Oregon" before he stabbed a stranger three times. The Herald reported the wounds to the 20-year-old victim, who was stabbed in the neck, back and hip, are not considered life-threatening. Baker approached the victim in John F. Kennedy Park on Memorial Drive at about 9 p.m.
"It happened so fast, I didn't have time to stop it," one witness said, according to a police report. Other witnesses gave a description to police who found him on the Western Avenue Bridge.
Following his arrest, Baker, "punched the booking room wall with his uncuffed hand, causing considerable damage to it," according to court documents.
He told police the victim had been harassing him and wanted to take his money, according to the Herald.
"He stated he didn't take kindly to it so he punched him in the face, took his knife and that (the victim's) stab wounds must have come from protecting himself," stated the court documents. "He stated he went through a fit and into a rage and didn't know what was going on in his head."
According to the Herald, Baker has the word "hate" tattooed on his left-hand fingers and the California "5150" cop code for an involuntary psychiatric hold on a person on his right-hand fingers.
Though Baker has no criminal record in Windham County, he was facing two arrest warrants for a July 2009 assault of a man in Harvard Square, according to the Herald.
Police said Baker had a set of brass knuckles and that "injuries the victim sustained were consistent with those that would have been received as a result of being struck with the brass knuckles," according to the Herald.
Baker is due back in court on Sept. 27.