Sex assault suspect dies mysteriously

March 7, 2014
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Patrick Barry, a former Mission Hill resident and Northeastern student who was charged with two attempted sexual assaults locally and a third in Arlington on Valentine’s Day, died on Feb. 21. His death is currently under investigation by the Middlesex Attorney General’s Office.

A statement released by the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office said that Barry was transported from Cambridge District Court to the Middlesex House of Correction, where he underwent a routine medical screening.

Middlesex Sheriff’s Office medical personnel determined that Barry required emergency care and he was transported to Lowell General Hospital. Barry was later transferred to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the Longwood Medical Area, where he died Feb. 21, the statement continued.

As of last week, the Middlesex Attorney General’s Office was waiting for autopsy results to determine the cause of death.

Barry, 21, and most recently a resident of Medford, was charged with assault with intent to rape and other charges stemming from two attacks in the Mission Hill area last June. Both attacks occurred within an hour of each other along Huntington Avenue, and both involved a woman being attacked from behind and cut with a knife. The second attack occurred about a block from Barry’s former Huntington Avenue home.

Barry was charged with indecent assault and battery on a child over 14 years of age for the Arlington attack, police said in a statement.

Barry was suspended from Northeastern following the 2013 charges. Northeastern spokesperson Renata Nyul told the Gazette that Barry “was not a student at Northeastern at the time” of his death.

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