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Alleged victim describes attack, effort to reach state Representative Henriquez

MEDFORD — The 25-year-old woman accusing state Representative Carlos Henriquez of assault and battery diverged in her testimony Monday from some of the statements recorded by detectives about what occurred on July 8, 2012.

On Monday, Katherine Gonzalves said that after Henriquez had punched her three times, choked her, backhanded her, and took away her cellphone, he threw the phone back at her.

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In Arlington Inspector Edward DeFrancisco’s July 9, 2012 report, he stated that after the alleged assault and battery Gonzalves “was able to rip the cellphone back from his hands.”

Quizzed on the discrepancy by defense attorney Stephanie Soriano-Mills, Gonzalves said, “At that time, that’s how I recalled it.”

In the fourth day since the trial began, Gonzalves took the stand for the first time, giving jurors her account of what she says occurred after Henriquez allegedly became angry that she would not leave with him when he had driven to her mother’s home around 3 a.m.

Soriano-Mills attempted to sow doubt in cross-examination, highlighting differences in Gonzalves’s accounts of the crime, including her initial statements to police that Henriquez had driven her around Boston for about two hours.

The Dorchester Democrat was originally charged with kidnapping, in addition to three counts of assault and battery, intimidation of a witness, and larceny of her cellphone’s SIM card. The Middlesex district attorney’s office declined to seek an indictment, which would be necessary to try him on a kidnapping charge.

Monday was the first time, Soriano-Mills said, that Gonzalves said Henriquez punched her three times. Gonzalves said that after Henriquez became “physical.” she told him that she was recording him with her cellphone in the hopes that would “scare” him.

Under cross-examination, she said her cellphone battery had died when she got into the car with Henriquez, parked on her mother’s street.

Soriano-Mills also asked about the missing SIM card. Later in the morning of Sunday, July 8, 2012, Boston police detectives took photos of text messages on Gonzalves's phone. Gonzalves, who was living in East Somerville at the time, said that while police left to retrieve a working camera that Sunday morning, she purchased another SIM card and she does not remember where she bought it.

DeFrancisco testified previously that he spoke to Gonzalves the day after the alleged attack and that she showed him the blank area on her cellphone where the SIM card would go.

Gonzalves said she did not recall whom she had shown her cellphone without SIM card.

Over the objection of prosecutor Clarence Brown, Soriano-Mills questioned Gonzalves on an online alias, Kathy Nicole London. With the jury temporarily out of the courtroom, Soriano-Mills said Gonzalves was Facebook friends under that identity with several local politicians. Judge Michele Hogan allowed limited discussion of the identity, saying it went to the witnesses’ credibility. Gonzalves said the alias was something she had made up and used with friends.

Gonzalves also went into further detail on a Dec. 2, 2012 incident in which she said she called Henriquez from a blocked number, and then when she went to his home she was met by two men who told her to leave and that they had called police. Under cross-examination, Gonzalves said that in addition to drinks that December afternoon, she had taken Ambien, a sleep aid, and that because she was “out of it” her then-roommate had driven her to Henriquez’s house.

“I just felt bad about the whole situation,” said Gonzalves.

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