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October 18, 2013

21-year-old charged with murder


Police later reported that the vehicle had been recovered, but would not say whether anyone had been taken into custody.

According to the police report, a woman stopped by the police station early yesterday morning to say she witnessed the murder. The woman told police she read about the incident online and that instead of a black Honda they should be looking for a white Hyundai or Lincoln with Massachusetts plates.

The witness said that on Wednesday evening she saw two men arguing inside a white car parked on Arch Street. She said the driver pushed the passenger out the passenger door, climbed out of the car as well then assaulted him. The witness said the man broke free and ran down Arch Street to High Street, but the driver chased him.

The witness told police that after two minutes passed, the driver walked back up Arch Street, where he paused to retrieve something that had fallen to the ground during the altercation. The witness said the driver then fled the area at a high rate of speed. She described the driver as a man in his late 20s, with average length hair, clean shaven and dressed in a white T-shirt. She described the victim as a male with dark brown hair and wearing a gray T-shirt or tank top.

Police said they showed the witness a photo array that included a photo of DeFusco, but she was unable to identify him. The report noted that the photo was from 2009 and was not an accurate depiction of how he looks now.

The report said DeFusco’s stepmother, Kimberly DeFusco, called police yesterday morning to say she believed her stepson was involved in the stabbing on High Street.

The report said that at the same time, a male relative of the woman also called police to say they needed to get to her apartment quickly as Philip DeFusco was “freaking out” and that he feared he as going to kill Kimberly DeFusco and her 14-year-old son.

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