By Dave Rogers
---- — MERRIMAC — A Peabody man facing an attempted murder charge for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend in the shoulder with a steak knife during a wild melee Saturday inside her home is being held without bail after his arrest Sunday afternoon.
Charles Mason, 54, of Newbury Street, was arrested on a warrant on East Main Street about a day after he fled First Avenue on a bicycle. First Avenue is home to the North Shore Community Mobile Home Park.
In addition to a felony attempted murder charge, Mason faces assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, domestic assault and battery and intimidating a witness charges, all felonies. He was arraigned in Newburyport District Court yesterday by Judge Peter Doyle, who ordered Mason held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for tomorrow at the courthouse. A dangerousness hearing is conducted to determine whether Mason is considered too much of a danger to society to be granted bail.
According to the report of Sgt. David Vance, police responded to a 911 call at 6:48 p.m. on Saturday from a woman who claimed she had been stabbed in the shoulder by her boyfriend. When officer Robert Coppola arrived, he saw a living room in complete disarray. Police spoke to the victim, who had made the call from a neighbor’s house. The victim refused to be transported to a hospital and was treated for a minor wound by paramedics at the scene.
The victim claims she and Mason had been drinking before he began verbally harassing her. Upset, she tried to call her mother but was stopped by Mason, who grabbed her phone and threw it against a wall. When she threatened to call police, Mason pushed her against a wall. That prompted the victim to fight back and eventually push Mason to the floor. In retaliation, Mason grabbed a steak knife and stabbed her once in the shoulder, according to Vance’s report.
The victim managed to escape without further injury and called police from her neighbor’s house. By that time, Mason had fled the scene on a bicycle. Local police, aided by Amesbury police officer Thomas Nichols and his K-9 Kaybar, searched the trailer park area and the Lake Attitash area to no avail. An arrest warrant was then issued for Mason, who was spotted by police on East Main Street Sunday around 4:30 p.m. and apprehended without incident, according to police.