Alleged Chelmsford Home Invader Held
By Jon Winkler
LOWELL -- Cedric Edwards was arraigned on assault and battery and home invasion charges from his bed at Lowell General Hospital Friday.
Edwards, 45, still appeared in Lowell District Court on Friday afternoon via TV screen and an internet video call while still hospitalized.
The Dorchester resident was arraigned on eight charges from an incident on Thursday morning when he allegedly forced his way into a Chelmsford apartment with a gun and assaulted a man before fleeing the scene.
Chelmsford police arrested Edwards after a brief footchase. After Edwards complained about having a rapid heart rate he was then taken to Lowell General.
The suspect was charged with armed home invasion, armed assault in a dwelling, assault and battery, strangulation, commission of a felony while armed, possession of a large capacity firearm, possession of a large capacity feeding device and possession of ammunition.
Edwards was laying in a hospital bed at Lowell General with attorney Jeanne Earley by his side when he was arraigned on his charges.
Judge Michael Brooks presided over the arraignment with Assistant District Attorney Gregory Galizio prosecuting.
Galizio recommended pretrial detention for Edwards before explaining more details about the incident. According to Galizio, the victim saw Edwards at his door sporting a “UPS-type outfit” and holding a package.
When the victim came to the door, Edwards allegedly pulled out a handgun and put the victim in a headlock. The victim allegedly told police that he thought he was going to pass out before a neighbor heard the scuffle and Edwards fled the scene. Police later found the “UPS-type” clothing referenced, including a jacket and a hat, after apprehending Edwards.
Galizio said the victim did not know or recognize Edwards prior to the incident.
He said Edwards faced previous firearm-related charges out of Suffolk County in the 1990s.
Judge Brooks decided to keep the victim’s name out of the day’s proceedings, prompting Earley to not discuss any potential motive for her client’s actions since she didn’t know who specifically was being discussed. Earley agreed to have her client appear at a dangerousness hearing next Tuesday.
Though Edwards was still in hospital care at the time of the arraignment, Judge Brooks moved to hold Edwards in custody without bail until his dangerousness hearing next week.