An exchange of words between three strangers in South Boston’s Andrew Square Sunday night grew into a fight that ended with two men and a woman bleeding from stab wounds and one of them under investigation for allegedly using a homophobic phrase to start it all, officials said.
The confrontation began at approximately 8:50 p.m. near the Tedeschi Food Shops in the 500 block of Dorchester Avenue and continued into the MBTA Andrew Square bus terminal, according to Transit Police Lieutenant Detective Richard Sullivan.
According to Transit Police, Steven Sudler, 37, and Latoya Brown, 32, were sitting in a car parked in the store’s lot when 31-year-old Orrett Daley walked past. Sudler, of Dorchester, allegedly directed a homophobic phrase at Daley, a South Boston resident, and allegedly got out of the vehicle with a knife in his hand.
Sudler allegedly stabbed Daley, who then ran into the Andrew Station bus terminal to escape the assault, Sullivan said. Brown also left the car and rushed into the bus terminal, Sullivan said. At that point, Sullivan said, Daley had somehow armed himself with a knife, which he then allegedly used to stab first Brown and then Sudler. All three were taken to area hospitals with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, Sullivan said.
Sudler was arraigned in South Boston Municipal Court on Monday, where he pleaded not guilty to one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Bail was set at $1,000 cash, according to a spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.
Sudler is being investigated for a potential civil rights charge stemming from his alleged use of the homophobic phrase at the time of the fight, Conley spokesman Jake Wark said.
Daley was also arraigned in the same courthouse on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and armed assault with intent to murder, Wark said. At the request of prosecutors, bail was set at $200,000 cash, Wark said.
Sullivan, of the Transit Police, said Brown, who was stabbed several times, is also expected to face assault charges. The investigation is ongoing.Trisha Thadani can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. John R. Ellement
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