At about 10:30pm, on Saturday, April 30, 2011, officers from Area A-7 (East Boston) responded a radio call for a fight in progress at 1045 Saratoga Street (Mama Blanca’s Restaurant). On arrival, officers observed two individuals standing outside the establishment who looked as if they had just been involved in a physical altercation. Both individuals had blood on their clothing. However, according to restaurant employees, three individuals had been involved in the fight. All three were located and transported from the scene suffering from non-life threatening injuries.
Officers spoke to restaurant employees who stated that a verbal alteration broke out between a man (herein referred to as the suspect) and two other patrons. Given the loud argument, restaurant employees asked the suspect, who appeared to be intoxicated, to leave the restaurant. When the suspect left, both patrons followed him outside presumably to speak to him. However, once outside, the verbal altercation gave way to a physical one. During the altercation, the suspect produced a knife and stabbed both patrons. Both patrons suffered non-life threatening stab wounds. Meanwhile, the suspect sustained an injury to his left ear.
Officers charged the suspect, Julio Hernandez, 35, of Somerville with Assault & Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Knife).