BOSTON - A Boston woman accused of stabbing an emergency medical technician several times inside an ambulance might be connected to a bomb threat made to the Martha's Vineyard Airport earlier this week.
Julie Tejeda, 31, appeared in Boston Municipal Court on Thursday morning to be arraigned on a series of charges.
Tejeda is also accused of pepper-spraying another EMT on Wednesday afternoon.
The EMT who was stabbed was released from Massachusetts General Hospital on Thursday "and will continue her recovery at home," a spokeswoman for Boston EMS said in a statement.
"When I did speak to her husband, he told me she was awake, she was alert, she's recovering, but he did say she's in a bit of pain today and they're trying to address that," said Chief of Boston Emergency Medical Services James Hooley.
Boston EMS has not identified the EMT who was stabbed.
The Suffolk County District Attorney said that investigators are looking into the possibility that Tejeda was also responsible for making a bomb threat at Martha's Vineyard Airport and in Washington D.C.
Source with Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office said investigators are looking into whether the Boston EMT stabbing suspect, Julie Tejeda, is also responsible for making a bomb threat at Martha’s Vineyard Airport and in Washington, D.C. @boston25— Jason Law (@JasonLawNews) July 11, 2019
The bomb threat made to the Martha's Vineyard Airport forced it to close down for a couple of hours on Tuesday morning.
Suffolk County DA Rachel Rollins says Boston Police questioned Tejeda in East Boston on Tuesday, the night before the EMT attack, but Tejeda was not arrested.
Surveillance video shows police officers going into Tejada's apartment on that night.
.@DARollins said Boston Police questioned Tejeda Tuesday, the night before the EMT attack, but Tejeda was not placed under arrest.— Jason Law (@JasonLawNews) July 11, 2019
Tejeda is suspected of calling in bomb threats to multiple airports, including Martha’s Vineyard and Washington, D.C. @boston25
"If there's something we could have done differently, that's something I absolutely want to know," said DA Rollins.
"I can tell you I've had conversations with [Boston Police] Commissioner [William] Gross, the District Attorney in the Cape and Islands as well as members of the State Police [...] We will absolutely be looking into how many encounters law enforcement had with this individual prior to this tragedy occurring."
A number of colleagues of the female EMT, who suffered serious injuries but is expected to recover, showed up en masse at the courthouse.
According to a prosecutor, Tejeda stabbed the EMT seven times, just missing her femoral artery. The victim is said to be "doing well."
Tejeda stabbed the EMT seven times, just missed her femural artery according to prosecutor. Victim is “doing well.” @boston25— Jason Law (@JasonLawNews) July 11, 2019
According to the police report, a "black folding-style knife" along with a "black canister of OC spray" were found at the scene.
According to the police report, “a black folding style knife” was found at the scene, along with a “black canister of OC spray.” @boston25— Jason Law (@JasonLawNews) July 11, 2019
Chief Hooley says the ambulance had been transporting an "emotionally disturbed" patient to the hospital when the person attacked the responder.
In court, a doctor who evaluated Tejeda said she was "awake and alert, totally cooperative" saying she "does have some history of mental health treatment [and that] she stopped her medication and treatment about three months ago."
Dr. Jeff Miner (sp) tells judge Julie Tejeda was "awake and alert, totally cooperative...she does have some history of mental health treatment. She stopped her medication and treatment about three months ago." @boston25— Jason Law (@JasonLawNews) July 11, 2019
The Suffolk District Attorney's office says Tejeda will answer to charges including assault with intent to murder.
Doc: "In discussing her concept her concept of the allegations...she indicated there's a whole lot more to the story, involving 'high profile people,' 'danger.'" @boston25— Jason Law (@JasonLawNews) July 11, 2019
The police report shows officers found Tejeda "sitting upright on the gurney inside the ambulance with her legs crossed and smiling." Tejeda allegedly told police "it was me, I did it, I stabbed her."
Police found Tejeda “sitting upright on the gurney inside the ambulance with her legs crossed and smiling,” according to police report.— Jason Law (@JasonLawNews) July 11, 2019
“‘It was me, I did it, I stabbed her,’” Tejeda said, according to the report. @boston25 @BOSTON_EMS pic.twitter.com/R0kFamC6W4
The police report also shows Tejeda allegedly told police that "the EMT was forcing [her] to go to the hospital, so [she] attacked [the EMT] because she was making [her] feel uncomfortable."
According to the police report, officers said Tejeda told them “the EMT was forcing me to go to the hospital, so I attacked her because she was making me feel uncomfortable.” @boston25 pic.twitter.com/ZJwqNH6nxm— Jason Law (@JasonLawNews) July 11, 2019
In the doctor's opinion, Tejeda should be evaluated further and is not competent at this time.
Doc: "In my opinion, [Tejeda] should be evaluated further"...is not competent at this time. @boston25— Jason Law (@JasonLawNews) July 11, 2019
Tejeda will be held without bail, according to the judge.
"The public needs to hear that this individual, irrespective of any mental health issues, will not be harming anyone, certainly for the next twenty days," said DA Rollins.
Tejeda has three siblings in the courtroom today, according to her attorney. Judge says she will be held without bail. @boston25— Jason Law (@JasonLawNews) July 11, 2019
Tejeda was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Her next hearing is set for July 31.
Julie Tejeda's next hearing is July 31. @boston25— Jason Law (@JasonLawNews) July 11, 2019
The Boston Herald reports that several lawmakers on Beacon Hill are supporting legislation that would make it a felony to assault an EMT or health care provider.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the EMTs who were attacked.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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