Knife breaks off handle in “violent” attack

SOUTHBRIDGE — A local man allegedly attempted to kill a woman in a domestic disturbance early Wednesday morning, police said.

Scant details were provided “to protect the identity of the the victim and the victim’s family,” according to a Southbridge Police Department press release, but an unidentified man was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, strangulation/suffocation, domestic assault and battery, and assault to murder.

According to police, officers responded to an undisclosed residence “in the early morning hours” after receiving a report that a male subject had stabbed a female. The reporting party informed authorities the attack was part of a “domestic incident between caller’s mother and father,” police said. Police noted the attack “was so violent that the blade of the knife used was broken off of its handle.”

Officers were able to apprehend the alleged assailant and provide medical aid to the victim, who police said was unconscious and seriously injured upon their arrival on the scene. Paramedics arrived soon after and worked to stabilize the victim before transporting her to the hospital by ambulance. The investigating and arresting officers were Sgt. Wayne Boiteau, Officer Jordahn Witherspoon, and Officer David Stanger.

“If you are a victim of domestic violence, the Southbridge Police Department strongly urges you to seek assistance from the court, from this department or any other agency that can provide you with the help that you need to stop the violence being committed against you,” police stressed in the press release. “Every one of us is worthy of living a peaceful and happy life that is free from the fear of violence. The Southbridge Police Department and our partners can provide you with the help you need to achieve that.”

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