Man Allegedly Tried to Tie Young Waltham Girl Up With a Phone Cord

The suspect will return to Waltham District Court on Jan. 23.

Waltham Police
Waltham Police

A 37-year-old homeless man is facing serious charges for allegedly attempting to tie a 14-year-old girl up with a phone cord and stuffing clothing in her mouth, according to Waltham Police.

Luis Melendez, 37, is facing the following charges: kidnapping, assault to commit a felony, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shirt), witness intimidation and larceny from a building, according to police. 

A judge ordered Melendez held pending a Jan. 23 dangerousness hearing, according to Waltham District Court records.

The incident began at 4:55 p.m. on Jan. 18 when officers were called to a Waltham home to speak to a mother and daughter about an attempted kidnapping, according to court records. When officers arrived, the pair was standing outside appearing shaken. The mother told police she had gone to the store and left her daughter at their home whens he got a frantic phone call from her daughter. The daughter said Melendez had “attempted to tie her up with a phone cord,” according to court records.

The girl escaped, however, by jumping out of a first floor window of the house and flagging down a passing motorist for assistance. The girl is ok but was taken to a hospital for a precautionary exam, according to Waltham Police Sgt. Tim King.

"At this point, it still unknown what his exact motive was," King said. "It's a strange set of circumstances."

The victim told police Melendez had come to the house and watched a movie, according to court records. After the movie ended, the victim went to her bedroom to get a bag of clothes. Melendez followed her to the bedroom, “at which point he grabbed her and threw her down into a pile of clothes that were in the corner of the room,” according to court records.

Melendez then grabbed the victim’s arms and tried to tie them behind her back using a phone cord.

“I’m sorry, I’m not going to hurt you,” the victim said Melendez said during the attack, according to court records.

Melendez then shoved a shirt in the victim’s mouth to stop her from yelling, according to court records. The victim broke free, punched, scratched and kicked Melendez before jumping out of the window.

Officers began searching for Melendez, who has a history of drug abuse, but could not locate him, according to court records. Later, a Waltham police detective provided officers with more possible locations for Melendez, according to court records. Officers found Melendez at 10 Maple St. and arrested him.

Later, officers recovered a laptop Melendez had taken from the home, according to court records.



Frosty the Snowman January 23, 2014 at 11:51 AM
Laquisha you get em girl!
its me January 23, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Waltham sure is a dump.
miss.waltham January 23, 2014 at 11:58 AM
And go back a few comments to Miss. Laquishas last comment if you should feel the need to spell check for us....here is her spelling Enuf Disrespctin Da Upbeet Hares Splittin Dats Rite Shudnt Sumthin And she also doesn't understand the saying people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones Read her version oh and no big deal maybe a gold fish or sumthin...lol
its me January 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Comical,she must be a product of WHS
its me January 23, 2014 at 12:08 PM
It's part of your heritage? oh do explain that please
its me January 23, 2014 at 12:16 PM
Laquisha do you live in waltham?
miss.waltham January 23, 2014 at 12:16 PM
So now you are saying that African Americans all speak that way????? No they don't, there are some very educated African Americans who speak normal you should try it.
John D January 23, 2014 at 12:30 PM
#Miss W- So your not double checking autocorrect is better than Laquisha not using spellcheck. I see how you operate.
its me January 23, 2014 at 12:38 PM
No I dont. Thank god
its me January 23, 2014 at 12:44 PM
It's not that nice there,I'm not missing much.
its me January 23, 2014 at 12:45 PM
Elderly getting mugged, homeless level 3 sex offender doing his thing in the librbary,young girl almost raped!! Whats so great about that?
its me January 23, 2014 at 12:46 PM
Are you asking where I am located?
its me January 23, 2014 at 12:58 PM
I know the south bronx well, and yes waltham is a day in the park compared to there but it still sucks
CKing January 23, 2014 at 01:22 PM
This has really just made my day.
its me January 23, 2014 at 01:24 PM
GrampaJoe January 23, 2014 at 02:33 PM
It's obvious that laquisha is playing with all of you. She/he is simply acting. he/she is not using any of the typical wrong spelling of common words.
CKing January 23, 2014 at 04:08 PM
which is why it gave me a good laugh
Frosty the Snowman January 23, 2014 at 11:28 PM
Laquisha is by far the best troll I've seen on the Patch!
its me January 26, 2014 at 10:40 AM
she's a dummy
Karen Walz January 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM
I know this isn't the topic, but I'm very suspicious of this "Laquisha." We don't know her/his true ethnicity, race, etc. This person could be a complete fiction. It's obvious that this person is not a serious poster. She/he is trying to bait everyone else. While this person hasn't yet posted anything that violates the rules (that I know of), the annoying and mostly irrelevant comments are just irritating, and add nothing to the community's discourse.
Marshall Ottina January 26, 2014 at 07:21 PM
@RGD, please ban this troll
GrampaJoe January 27, 2014 at 06:53 AM
Proof that Laquisha is a troll. He/She can spell "quoting" but not "this" instead spelling it as "dis". Unable to spell simple words, but knows there is a river in Egypt and actually knows how to spell Egypt. Nuf said yo.
Marshall Ottina January 27, 2014 at 10:16 AM
Waltham Patch: your source for racial stereotypes and pit bull attacks on the other side of the country.
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) January 27, 2014 at 10:38 AM
Laquisha, I deleted two of your comments because they violate Patch terms of service. The terms can be reviewed at waltham.patch.com/terms Also, Patch reserves the right to ban you from the site.
its me January 27, 2014 at 07:01 PM
ryan was I banned?
JohnnyMass January 29, 2014 at 09:26 AM
Ban liberal moonbats!
its me January 30, 2014 at 09:13 AM
Ryan has been laid off.. how sad
its me February 02, 2014 at 05:31 PM
He posted it
its me February 02, 2014 at 05:31 PM
Im not really that sad though :)
its me February 02, 2014 at 05:38 PM
This was written by Ryan on Patch facebook. Hi Waltham, Unfortunately, all good things in life must come to an end. Sadly, Patch has been restructured and I have been laid off. I have truly enjoyed reporting on Waltham and being engaged in the community. I plan to stay in the area, so if you see me, don't be afraid to say hello. I always enjoy chatting with nice people. And, I will miss the great Twitter conversations with the Waltham community. Feel free to follow me @ryangd1. -Ryan Grannan-Doll


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