BOSTON (AP) - Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said officials believe they are "on the right track" and close to breaking the case of the kidnapping and fatal stabbing of a 24-year-old woman in South Boston.
Davis and other officials met with hundreds of community residents Monday night to discuss public safety after Amy Lord's killing last week.
Police have said a man held in two recent, nonfatal attacks is a "person of interest" in Lord's death. Davis has said the same man was linked to a nonfatal 2012 attack where his ID was found. Davis said Monday night a detective who failed to adequately pursue that case last year is being demoted.
Hundreds attended Lord's wake Monday in Springfield. Her funeral is on Tuesday in Wilbraham, her hometown.
Investigators have said Lord was kidnapped and forced to withdraw cash from five ATMs before she was killed. A bicyclist found her body July 24 in the Stony Brook Reservation in the Hyde Park neighborhood.
The death of the 2011 Bentley University graduate has rattled South Boston, where many young professionals and students have moved in recent years. Police handed out free whistles to women last week and some gyms are offering self-defense classes. Police patrols have been beefed up.
Davis last week characterized Edwin Alemany, 28, of Boston, as a person of interest but declined to characterize him as a suspect. Alemany was arrested Wednesday shortly after he allegedly stabbed a woman who gave police a description of her assailant. He also was charged with punching another woman Tuesday.
A judge ruled Thursday that Alemany was unfit for arraignment and sent him to Bridgewater State Hospital for psychiatric observation. Alemany's attorney, James Greenberg, said Alemany was distraught.
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