Man charged in stabbing incident

Alessandro Lourenco appeared in Edgartown District Court via Zoom from Dukes County Jail.

A 48-year-old Boston man was arraigned in Edgartown District Court Monday on charges of attempted murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, threatening to commit a crime, and disorderly conduct. 

Alessandro Lourenco pleaded not guilty to the charges, which stem from a stabbing incident that took place in West Tisbury on Sunday evening. Lourenco appeared via Zoom from Dukes County Jail. 

Judge Benjamin Barnes and Lourenco spoke to each other through Portuguese interpreter Bela Santos. Lourenco was assigned attorney Matt Jackson to represent him.

According to the prosecutor, Lourenco allegedly chased after the alleged victim with a knife while high on drugs. This is when multiple people intervened, and Lourenco apparently stabbed himself in the skirmish, according to the prosecutor. The prosecution requested $2,500 in bail and an order for Lourenco to stay away from and have no contact with the alleged victim. 

 “When can I pay that?” Lourenco asked through Santos. Barnes told Lourenco to wait, and he will receive the necessary information. 

Jackson brought up that there was a discrepancy between Lourenco’s surname and what was written on the probation records. Barnes initially read off the surname “Luciano” when calling for Lourenco. 

“The defendant’s name is Alessandro Lourenco. Dates of birth do not match, either,” Jackson said. Barnes said he also saw the discrepancy. 

“This was confirmed, your honor, by the probation department staff,” criminal clerk Patrick Flynn said to Barnes. “They confirmed with their probation department in Boston and the FBI that these are the same person.”

“Did they confirm the PCF (probation central file) number through the Probations Identifications Unit?” Barnes asked.

“That was my understanding, your honor,” Flynn replied.

Barnes said he still needed someone from the probation department to indicate whether Lourenco is indeed the same as the person in the records through another method of verification, such as with a Social Security number or through the National Crime Information Center, for further confirmation by Lourenco’s next court appearance.

Lourenco is scheduled to appear at the court in person on Thursday, “unless for COVID reasons.” Until then, he will continue to be held in jail without a right to bail. 


  1. I believe it’s time to ban knives and forks along with your guns. This man is innocent, it’s the knives fault. Just pick up your steak with your hands and chew on it!

    • Robert– I’ll take the other side and say that everyone should carry a large knife everywhere they go.
      if everyone had a knife at all times no one would ever get stabbed.
      If criminals or mentally ill people or people high on drugs knew you had a large knife on you , no one would ever attack you with a knife.
      The original story implies that only one person had a knife.
      That’s the problem– the person who was slightly injured did not have a knife. Nor did anyone else for that matter. Simple logic really.

      • Or, don’t bring a knife to a gun fight. Better yet, just walk away with your gun and knife to live to fight another day.

  2. If either of the people involved in this incident were in a position to exercise Second Amendment Rights there would have been no stabbing, just small entry wounds and dead people.

  3. Somewhere in here is a cogent argument for providing our schoolteachers with knives as well. We’d have to take down the metal detectors, but there’s already movement in that direction.
    Now if we could also teach our children how to drink and use cocaine responsibly – ah – pipe dreams…..

  4. Don it’s a comment on the human condition, not their accessories. It’s levity, ha ha get it?

  5. They don’t call it a peacekeeper for nothing. And there is something called deterrence that makes people think twice before attacking a person of lesser stature thinking that they may be armed with a more substantial weapon. There are hundreds of thousands of incidents per year where people fended off criminal activity while legally armed.

    Isn’t this the whole reason for the arms race? Government after all is setting this example that we need to be armed with nuclear weapons to keep us safe from our enemies and to deter them from invading our rightful boundaries.

    How is this any different from and individual who wishes to protect themselves while traveling through a high crime area?

    I for one see no need to carry a weapon to Chappy but to each his own.

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