Tim Edwards is the embodiment of being your brother's keeper.
He was slashed with a knife fighting off a stranger who broke into his friend's Dorchester home early Saturday morning.
It happened at around 2:30 in the morning in an apartment building on Lyon Street. Edwards was there caring for his friend, who is a person with paraplegia. He ended up scuffling in the hallway with the intruder, and that's when he felt the slash on his wrist. The injury was minor, but painful enough to throw him off.
"He can't defend himself, so he's on the phone trying to call the police the whole time and they're hearing all the noise that's going on," said Edwards as he described the ordeal. "And so that was a good thing about it too, because he reiterated to him that he's in a wheelchair and so therefore they made their way here quick, fast and in a hurry."
Boston police say the man who broke in is Taurean Pearson, 36, of Boston. He was arrested on Lyon Street as he fled the scene on foot, according to the police report. Police say the suspect pretended to be a police officer before the scuffle began.
Neighbors told NBC10 Boston that Pearson was also trying to break into their apartments, claiming to be a police officer.
Pearson will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of home invasion, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and malicious destruction of property.