WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Kevin Walker, 35, of Billerica, was ordered held without bail by Judge Hélène Kazanjian after a dangerousness hearing on Friday, March 17, in Middlesex Superior Court in connection with an alleged series of physical and financial abuses of an elderly victim. Walker is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a person over the age of 60, assault and battery causing injury on a person over the age of 60, two counts of assault and battery on a person over the age of 60, extortion, two counts of larceny over $250 from a person over the age of 60, witness intimidation and two counts of violating a restraining order.
The next scheduled hearing in this case is Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
“This victim in this case took the defendant in as an act of kindness and in return the defendant allegedly physically abused, threatened and financially exploited him,” said District Attorney Ryan. “Our office and the Middlesex County police departments are deeply committed to protecting our seniors. We urge anyone who believes they are being abused, or anyone who suspects a senior they know to be a victim of abuse, to not hesitate to contact law enforcement officials or our office.”
In September of 2016, the defendant, who had known the 66-year-old male victim for approximately ten years, informed the victim he had nowhere to live. The victim agreed to take the defendant into his Billerica home. While living there the defendant allegedly became violent towards the victim and demanded that the victim give him money. The defendant threatened the victim by allegedly telling him that if the victim did not give him money, the defendant would go to police and falsely report that the defendant had committed a crime and would physically assault the victim as well. The victim, believing those threats, would permit the defendant to take money from the his bank and I.R.A. accounts. On September 23, 2016, the victim allegedly withdrew $1,500 from his I.R.A. account for the defendant. On October 7, 2016, the victim allegedly was forced to withdraw $7,000 from his bank account for the defendant.
On October 14, 2016, Billerica Police conducted a well-being check on the victim after receiving reports the victim was being abused. When authorities arrived the defendant initially allegedly tried to keep police from entering the home. When police spoke to the victim the defendant allegedly fled the home before being apprehended ten days later.
The victim applied for and was granted a restraining order prohibiting all forms of contact by the defendant. At his October 26, 2016 Lowell District Court arraignment the defendant was ordered held without bail. The defendant was also served with a restraining order. However, the defendant allegedly subsequently called the victim in violation of the order. The defendant was indicted and then arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court on Thursday, February 23, 2017.
These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Nils Lundblad. The Victim Witness Advocate is Lori Riccio.
Before becoming District Attorney, Ryan served as Chief of the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office’s Elder and Disabled Unit, where she prosecuted a myriad of crimes involving financial abuse and physical abuse of the most vulnerable victims. In that role, she collaborated with business and community leaders to conduct risk assessments and develop prevention plans for elders and disabled citizens. Ryan continues to host seminars in community settings to provide advice to residents about how to protect themselves.
For more information on ways to protect seniors visit: http://middlesexda.com/prosecution/elder-disabled.php