For Immediate Release - June 03, 2010

East Boston Man Pleads Not Guilty To Attempted Murder

Roberto Lopez, 33, of East Boston, pleaded not guilty today in Lynn District Court to two counts of attempted murder and three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Judge Ellen Flatley ordered Lopez held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing, which is scheduled for Tuesday, June 8. He will be represented at that hearing by an attorney from the Committee for Public Counsel Services.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Scott Dullea told the court that shortly before 10 a.m. yesterday on Union Street in Lynn, Lopez was behind the wheel of his Toyota Corolla when he allegedly struck his former girlfriend and her new boyfriend as they were crossing the street.

The victims, Vilma Rosales, 28, of East Boston, and Edwin Pineda, 28, of Somerville, made their way to the sidewalk after being struck. Prosecutor Dullea told the court that Lopez then drove his car up onto the sidewalk where his car grazed Pineda and pinned Rosales against the wall.

Lopez got out of the car and kicked the fallen Rosales multiple times in the head. He then ran across the street to where the male victim was laying and punched him multiple times. At that point, several witnesses jumped in to stop the attack and detain Lopez until police arrived.

Rosales was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital where she was treated for a broken femur and patella. Pineda was transported to Salem Hospital with a serious leg injury.

Attempted murder carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in state prison, while assault and battery with a dangerous weapon carries up to 10 years in state prison.