A Massachusetts man known to police, accused of robbing and stabbing a teenage girl in Boston's Mattapan neighborhood Monday night, faced a judge on Tuesday.
Walker Browning, 25, of Mattapan, hid his face at his arraignment in Dorchester District Court, where he was charged with armed robbery, assault by means of a dangerous weapon and intent to rob while armed.
A prosecutor said one incident happened at about 11 p.m. Monday near his home on Walk Hill Street, where he allegedly stabbed a 16-year-old girl.
"She said she was walking down the street and noticed a man walking in front of her, as she continued to walk down the street, the man kept looking back at her," said the prosecutor. "She stated all of the sudden the man turned around and rushed at her, grabbing her purse she was holding on her right shoulder."
When the victim screamed, Browning allegedly attacked her.
"He then pulled a knife and stabbed her, causing a puncture wound to her right thigh and then fled down the street," said the prosecutor.
Based on the victim's description of the alleged robber, police were able to recognize Browning. Investigators say he maybe tied to at least seven other similar incidents.
Authorities believe he targeted women walking alone, grabbing their purses and stabbing several of them.
Investigators say another woman Browning allegedly robbed earlier this month on Blue Hill Ave was able to positively identify him.
"She was walking towards her apartment when suspect number one approached her a snatched her black tote bag," said the prosecutor.
Browning's defense attorney said his client recently lost his father, brothers and a cousin and is having a hard time coping.
His mother was emotional leaving the court.
"I’m sorry it happened but my son need help okay," said Browning's mother. "The judge should have gave him help that’s all I can say I gotta go, he need help, mental help."
Browning is being held on $50,000 bail on two of the robberies and being held without bail for a probation violation on a previous assault and battery case.