A Lowell man accused of beating a woman unconscious Thursday night and then telling authorities she was unresponsive because of an overdose was arraigned Friday in Lowell District Court on assault charges, according to prosecutors.
Christopher Martini, 45, also allegedly attacked first responders when they tried to administer the overdose reversal drug naloxone to the woman, whom Martini knew, according to a statement from the Middlesex district attorney’s office.
Martini was charged for assaulting the woman, police, and first responders; interfering with a firefighter; resisting arrest; disorderly conduct; and interfering with a police officer in connection with an alleged domestic assault, prosecutors said.
Around 7:50 p.m. Thursday, Lowell fire and police responded to a report of a domestic assault on South Walker Street, and Martini claimed that the woman, described as being in her 30s, was “experiencing an overdose,” prosecutors said.
“The defendant allegedly became combative with the first responders, attempting to prevent them from administering care to the victim and then allegedly assaulted a police officer before being placed under arrest,” the statement said.
The victim was taken to a local hospital with “significant trauma”; she remains in serious condition, according to prosecutors.
Authorities later determined “that the victim’s condition was due to blunt force trauma and that the defendant had allegedly physically assaulted the victim throughout the course of the day,” the statement said.
Martini was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on April 18.Alana Levene can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @alanalevene.