East Boston man accused of grabbing woman by her waist and trying to drag her away is held without bail

A man accused of grabbing a woman by her waist and trying to drag her away in East Boston as she walked to work at 4 a.m. has been held without bail, the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office said on Monday.

The man is also facing multiple charges of raping a child in a separate case.

Korey David, 21, most recently of East Boston and previously of Lowell, was arraigned on Monday on charges of kidnapping, assault and battery and witness intimidation. He was ordered held without bail pending the outcome of a dangerousness hearing this Wednesday.

Last Wednesday, a man approached the woman as she walked to work at 4 a.m. under the Callahan Tunnel approach road, the prosecutor said in court.

The man then grabbed the woman by the waist and tried to drag her away, while telling her, “Come with me,” the prosecutor said.

He then prevented her from using her phone to call for help. The suspect fled after another man came over to the scene and scared away the attacker.

The woman reported the incident to the Boston Police Department. Detectives then found video footage of the suspect in the area of the assault, which showed him wearing what appeared to be a GPS monitoring bracelet.

Detectives were able to get GPS data from the Department of Probation, and the GPS data placed David at the location and time of the assault, according to the prosecutor.

David had been released on GPS monitoring in February in a Middlesex Superior Court case in which he faces multiple charges of rape of a child. David had been held without bail under the state’s dangerousness statute, but was granted release over the Middlesex DA prosecutors’ objection with the condition that he remain under house arrest.

In May, the court allowed him to change his residence from a Lowell address to one in East Boston only yards away from last week’s attack.

On Friday, Boston Police detectives saw David walking outside his residence, in apparent violation of his house arrest. He was wearing a shirt that looked like the one worn by the suspect in the surveillance footage two days earlier. The detectives arrested him.

“This individual is accused of preying on and attacking a woman walking to work alone in the early morning hours,” Suffolk DA Rachael Rollins said. “We will assist probation in any way possible regarding this blatant and significant probation violation.

“Further, we intend to meet our higher burden at the upcoming dangerousness hearing,” she added. “This individual will be removed from our community because he has made very clear he cannot comport with the public safety requirements and conditions the Court imposed.”

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