SALISBURY — A New Hampshire woman is in an area hospital being treated for multiple stab wounds after an early morning domestic violence incident that ended with police arrested her husband following a massive search.
According to Salisbury Acting Police Chief Richard Merrill, the episode began this morning at 4:40 a.m. at the Sunoco station on Elm Street and ended in Boxford after a chase down Interstate 95 and a search by local and state police, which included K-9 (police dog) and helicopter units.
Unwilling to give the names of the victim and her husband at this time, Merrill said, the domestic violence dispute was going on at the Sunoco station when a newspaper delivery truck pulled in to drop off today’s papers. It was the driver of the truck who called police, Merrill said.
“The victim ran to try to get into the delivery truck,” Merrill said this morning. “When the truck driver ran to call 911, the victim’s husband grabbed her around the throat, attempted to choke her and dragged her back into a Dodge Grand Caravan mini-van.”
Although a cruiser was nearby on Rabbit Road and got to the Sunoco station in about 30 seconds, Merrill said it was enough time for the suspect to get onto I-95 southbound.
Salisbury alerted other law enforcement agencies and state police found the Grand Caravan abandoned at the I-95 weigh station , located in Rowley.
“The van was empty when they found it, but there was blood spatter inside the car and on the outside of it,” Merrill said. “The state police K-9 unit was called out to track the victim. And the state police air wing sent a helicopter which did an extensive search of the area. The dog kept finding blood spots while he was tracking the victim.”
Both the victim and suspect were seen walking in Boxford, Merrill said, which is where they were found.
“The suspect is at Anna Jaques Hospital being evaluated,” Merrill said. “The victim is at another hospital in the area. She has multiple stab wounds, but I don’t believe she is in critical condition.”
Merrill expects the suspect to be back in Salisbury today in time to be arraigned at Newburyport District Court on charges of domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault to murder. Also possible is a charge of kidnapping, Merrill said.