New Bedford man robs, bites victim before leading officer on foot chase

A New Bedford resident was arrested after he robbed and bit a man near the MBTA’s Massachusetts Avenue Station on Saturday night, transit police said in a statement.

Police said Kelvin Ortiz, 23, attacked the 47-year-old victim around 10:52 p.m. at a nearby ATM, placing the man in a headlock and taking the money he had just withdrawn. Police said Ortiz fled the station with the stolen cash after he bit the victim hard enough to break his skin as the victim tried to take back his money.


Police later caught Ortiz after a transit officer spotted him walking hurriedly on St. Botolph Street, officials said. When the officer tried to talk to Ortiz, the suspect ran — beginning a chase that took the officer down West Newton Street, onto Huntington Avenue, and across several lanes of traffic, nearly causing accidents. The officer finally caught Ortiz, who was still holding the stolen money, on Belvidere Street, police said.

Ortiz was arrested and taken to transit police headquarters, officials said. According to the report, several warrants for Ortiz’s arrest had previously been issued for malicious destruction of property, breaking and entering a building, larceny over $250, possession of Class B drugs, and assault with a dangerous weapon, among others.

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