Crime

Suspect in alleged road rage stabbing was paroled on murder charge last year

Joseph Irizarry Sr. was convicted of second-degree murder following a gang-related shooting in 2000.

The suspect in an alleged stabbing during a road rage incident in Boston was recently paroled in 2020 after spending about 20 years behind bars on a murder conviction, according to authorities.

Joseph Irizarry Sr., 41, of Dorchester, is being charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He was sent back to prison for violating his parole. His arraignment on the new charges is pending, state police said in a news release.

Irizarry was convicted of second-degree murder following a gang-related shooting in April 2000 in Lawrence.

It was around 7:37 p.m. last Wednesday when state police were called to the Bowker Overpass at the intersection of Boylston Street and Charlesgate East for the reported stabbing. There, they found a 59-year-old man who had been stabbed in the abdomen. He is expected to recover, authorities said.

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Via investigation, police believe the victim was in the passenger’s seat of a vehicle being driven by a male relative on Boylston Street toward Charlesgate. A blue GMC Acadia, which had come from the Massachusetts Avenue direction, allegedly ran a red light on Boylston Street and almost struck the vehicle the victim was in, according to state police.

Both stopped at the intersection of Bowker Overpass and Boylston Street. Irizarry, plus the victim and his relative, allegedly got out of their vehicles and started to argue, officials said.

“Irizarry then allegedly punched both occupants of the other vehicle in the face, then got back into the driver’s seat of the Acadia, retrieved a knife, and stabbed the victim, who was standing next to the open driver’s side door,” state police said.

Irizarry allegedly drove off. The victim and his relative got back into their vehicle and followed Irizarry onto Commonwealth Avenue and some side streets before they lost him. They called 911, and the victim was rushed to Tufts Medical Center, according to authorities.

Via investigation, Irizarry was determined to be the suspect. He was taken into custody last week, state police said. A warrant was obtained earlier this week for his arrest on the new charges.

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