The homeless man accused of stabbing two Boston park rangers on Boston Common this week, critically injuring one, suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and has no memory of the attack, his defense lawyer tells the Boston Globe. “He struggles every day to know what's his reality,” said Shannon Lopez, who said her client suffers from hallucinations and fears the world around him. Bodio Hutchinson, 34, was held on $1 million bail after pleading not guilty to charges including armed assault with intent to murder.
Hutchinson, who stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 290 pounds, has a history of bizarre and violent behavior, including unprovoked attacks on strangers and law enforcement, and episodes of savage biting. As of 2013, the records show, Hutchinson had 17 convictions — and even more arrests. After one attack in a McDonald's last year, one of Hutchinson's alleged victims asked him why he had suddenly begun punching a woman drinking a cup of coffee. “Instead of answering me in words, he growled like a lion. Like a bear. No words at all. Just RAGGGHHHH!'' said Joseph Umbro, who jumped in to help the woman. Umbro, who was pummeled and bitten by Hutchinson, said, “He had this crazed, animalistic look on his face. I will never forget it.''