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May 14, 2013

Man charged in attack on Good Samaritan

MIDDLETON — A Middleton woman’s act of kindness toward a man her daughter had once dated nearly ended her life Sunday night, police say.

When Charles Kinyanjuy, 25, showed up, homeless and hungry, at the home of the Liberty Street woman at around 7:30 p.m., the woman invited him inside for a meal.

But Kinyanjuy also helped himself to the contents of her liquor cabinet, police say. As he grew more and more intoxicated, the woman, 48, told police she asked him to leave at around 9:30.

Thinking he was gone, she went to bed.

But an hour later, she awoke to find Kinyanjuy on top her with the electrical cord from a heating pad wrapped around her neck, she told police.

During a struggle, the woman, who told police she could barely breathe, managed to break away and dial 911 before Kinyanjuy hung up the phone. A dispatcher who called back heard screaming before the phone line went dead again.

When police arrived, they found the woman running down the driveway screaming, “He’s going to kill me.” She was covered in scratches and cuts, and had red eyes and a bruise on her arm.

The woman begged police to get Kinyanjuy out of her home, according to police reports. Officers saw Kinyanjuy standing inside the house, then saw him run out of view. They eventually found him lying face down on a bed on the second floor.

Kinyanjuy was uncooperative, telling police, “Don’t push me” and “I don’t need to go.”

Kinyanjuy pleaded not guilty to charges that include attempted murder, assault with intent to commit a felony, assault and battery, assault with a dangerous weapon and resisting arrest during his arraignment yesterday morning in Salem District Court.

Prosecutor Michelle DeCourcey filed a motion seeking to have Kinyanjuy held without bail as a danger to the public. She asked for a few days to obtain photos that were taken of the woman at Beverly Hospital, where she was sent after the incident.

Defense lawyer Mark Barry objected, asking for an immediate hearing, but Judge Richard Mori denied that request and agreed to schedule the hearing for next Monday.

Kinyanjuy, whose last known address was at a homeless shelter in Lawrence, will remain in custody at least until then.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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