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June 19, 2012

Revere man held in stabbing

Police say sour business deal behind Todd Farm incident

NEWBURYPORT — A Revere man accused of viciously stabbing an East Boston man Sunday at Todd Farm flea market in Rowley is being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing Friday at Newburyport District Court.

Daniel J. Pedicini Jr., 27, of 12 Janvrin Ave., Revere, was charged with assault to murder, intimidating a witness and disorderly conduct. He is accused of stabbing an East Boston man in the back, resulting in a 6-inch-long, 4-inch-deep gash in his shoulder.

The 44-year-old victim was transported to Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport where he underwent successful surgery to close the wound with about 20 staples. He was released later on Sunday, after which he went to the Rowley Police Department to speak with authorities.  

Rowley police Chief Robert Barker said the two men knew each other and had been prospective business partners. Their meeting at the popular weekly flea market was pure coincidence, with Barker calling it “a chance encounter.”

Barker said the victim told police he had filed criminal charges against Pedicini in April in Dedham District Court and had been harassed by the suspect ever since. 

The site of the stabbing — the landmark Todd Farm off Route 1A (Main Street) — is a popular destination for bargain hunters, who arrive by the thousands every Sunday morning from early April to late November.More than 200 dealers from Canada, New York and New England do business at the farm, selling items such as antique furniture, clocks, jewelry, recordings, tools, fishing rods, golf accessories, honey products, cedar fencing, plants, vintage toys and musical instruments.

According to the report of Rowley police officer Matthew Ziev, Pedicini allegedly swindled the victim out of $10,000 worth of toys in early 2011 after the two parties had decided to go into business together. The victim went to the Dedham Police Department and filed a criminal complaint against Pedicini, which eventually led to charges being brought.

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