The Court Report is a weekly column highlighting some of the cases in Marlborough District Court that are of interest to the public. If you see an arrest in the police log and would like to see a follow-up on the disposition of the case, tell us in the comments and look for it the following week.
A Marlborough man, and resident of the McDonald Hotel on Main Street, faced criminal charges in Tuesday, Jan. 3, after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and ransacked an apartment while throwing "large items" out a third floor window onto the street below. Christopher J. Definis, 23, of 276 Main St., Apt. 23, was charged with assault and battery, impeding an investigation through witness intimidation, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and vandalizing property. The police report indicated that officers found miscellaneous items outside the main entrance to the rooming house, and apt. 23 in shambles. The suspect's girlfriend was allegedly assaulted and had her cell phone stolen during the incident. Definis had fled before police arrived, and was allegedly seen entering the senior housing adjacent to the before officers caught up with him inside of . Definis reportedly had locked himself in a rear bathroom and refuse to come out for a short time. Once he was out, said court records, he resisting arrest vigorously and had to be wrestled to the ground by two police officers before he could be handcuffed. After his arraignment, Definis was released on personal recognizance and told to return for a pre-trial hearing Monday, Jan. 23.
Chinese national and student at the Massachusetts International Academy on Locke Drive, Yixuan Chen, was released on $500 bail after appearing in Marlborough District Court Wednesday on charges that he had stolen both a credit card and a personal computer from fellow students. Court records reveal that members of the school's administration called the Marlborough Police after it was discovered that Chen used his roommates credit card to make online purchases totaling $110. Chen was also suspected of stealing a personal computer out of a common area at the school. The computer was later found under his mattress by school officials. Police records indicated that after being placed under arrest, Chen agreed to speak with officers and subsequently admitted his guilt. He is scheduled to return to court for a pre-trial hearing Thursday, Feb. 16.