A Boston man allegedly stabbed his former girlfriendâ€™s three children after learning she had been unfaithful to him, then pleaded with a police officer to kill him.
â€œI wanted you to shoot me,â€ Rock Aurelien told police when he was arrested Saturday afternoon, according to court records. â€œI did it. I planned this all along.â€
Aurelien, 51, wiped away tears Monday during his arraignment, where he pleaded not guilty to repeatedly stabbing the children, a 15-year-old girl and her two brothers, 12 and 9, at his Hyde Park apartment. He was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail.
The children are expected to recover from their injuries.
Authorities said Aurelien attacked the children with a long knife after they returned from shopping Saturday afternoon and were counting some money he had given them. Despite their injuries, they managed to escape and run down the street crying for help.
â€œThe children took off running, looking for anyone to help them,â€ Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Amy Martin said.
The girl, crying and â€œvisibly shaken,â€ identified Aurelien as the attacker, police said. Aurelien was spending time with the children while their mother, who was not identified in court records, was in Haiti, his lawyer, Catherine Laraia, said.
After running away, Aurelien called police and said he needed to be picked up, Martin said. Police tracked the call and spotted Aurelien hiding behind a hedge near the apartment. Aurelien initially refused to come out but then walked toward an officer, saying â€œShoot me! Shoot me!â€ as he held his hand behind his back, as if he were holding a gun.
The officer maintained a safe distance until backup arrived to help subdue Aurelien.
When he was placed in handcuffs, Aurelien apologized to the officer and said, â€œI wanted you to shoot me, and I did it,â€ Martin said. He told police his former girlfriend was having an affair with a priest and said he had â€œplanned this all along.â€
As Martin outlined the allegations, Aurelienâ€™s family began to cry, and his son, 21, began to sob uncontrollably.
â€œHis family is mourning what has happened,â€ Laraia said.
Aurelien had left his family to be with his former girlfriend, whom he had known for years, and was devastated by her infidelity, she said.
â€œIt was an overwhelming momentâ€ that he instantly regretted, Laraia said. He immediately expressed â€œshock and remorseâ€ about what he had done, she said.
â€œFrom what I understand, this is a total aberration,â€ she said.
A native of Haiti, Aurelien came to the United States nearly three decades ago and worked as a cab driver.
â€œFrom all accounts, heâ€™s been a good father,â€ the defense attorney said.
Aurelien, who was charged with three counts of armed assault with intent to murder, was ordered to stay away from the children and their mother, if he were released on bail.
Aurelien looked forlornly at his former wife and children in court, and he thanked them as they waved to him.
Outside the courtroom, his former wife, Margarette Aurelien, said he was a good man who must have snapped.
â€œI think that something is wrong in his head,â€ she told reporters. She apologized to the injured children.
Her son, angry about the throngs of media, exited the courthouse through an emergency door, setting off the alarm. He quickly returned and at one point collapsed onto the floor in grief.
Margarette Aurelien had taken out two restraining orders against Aurelien. In April 2010, she wrote in an affidavit that he often abused her and she said she was afraid of him. He had moved out, she said, but he was still coming back.
In December 2011, after they had divorced, she said he had threatened her after receiving child support papers.
â€œIâ€™m very scared of him,â€ she wrote the court. â€œWhen Iâ€™m coming home, I have to call my kids to meet me at the door. Please do something about this guy .Â .Â . he is a dangerous person.â€