EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 31, 2011

Lawrence man accused of pushing girlfriend out of moving car

By Mark E. Vogler

LAWRENCE — Police are looking for a city man suspected of pushing his girlfriend out of a moving car after allegedly kidnapping and threatening to kill her with a knife Tuesday night.

Officer Charles Carroll III obtained an arrest warrant yesterday for Gilberto Carballo-Ortiz, 24, of 4 Hey St., charging him with assault and battery of a household member, threats to commit a crime (murder), assault with intent to murder, armed home invasion, kidnapping and assault by means of a dangerous weapon (knife).

But Carballo-Ortiz continued to elude police who have been unable to locate him.

Officer Carroll said he observed people trying to help a 28-year-old Lawrence woman lying in the middle of the northbound lane of Marston Street near Storrow Drive shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Several witnesses told the officer they saw the woman being pushed out of a white Toyota Corolla. The injured woman told some of the witnesses that it was her boyfriend — Carballo-Ortiz — who pushed her onto the highway.

The woman later told Officer Carroll that Carballo-Ortiz entered her home without her knowing, then placed a knife to her neck and threatened to kill her if she didn't get into his car.

Carballo-Ortiz then punched the woman in the head and forced her into the car at knife point, Carroll wrote in his report.

"As they got to Storrow and Marston, (the victim) stated that she tried to open the door to get out and that is when Carballo-Ortiz pushed her onto the highway," the officer wrote.

Police later found Carballo-Ortiz's car abandoned on Howard Street. Officer Carroll found a small black-handled folding knife inside the car, which the woman identified as the weapon she was threatened with.

Lawrence Police Chief John Romero said the woman was treated at the hospital and released.

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