She took Downs to Merrimack Valley Hospital. He was later taken by helicopter to a Boston hospital.
Merrill said Downs got out of work early the day of the attack because it was Labor Day weekend. She said he left his workplace on Hale Street and was on his way to a convenience store in Lafayette Square when he was jumped from behind.
A few hours after the attack, police arrested McCray. Several days later, police arrested Hilerio.