By Dave Rogers
---- — NEWBURYPORT — A Peabody man accused of stabbing his Merrimac girlfriend in the shoulder with a steak knife earlier this month pleaded guilty to an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon charge Monday and was sentenced to four months in jail.
Charles W. Mason, 54, of Newbury Street, also pleaded guilty to an assault and battery charge and a charge of intimidating a witness. Mason was given 23 days credit for time served and must pay $90 to the Victim-Witness Fund. An attempted murder charge was not prosecuted, according to court records.
Mason was arrested Oct. 6 on East Main Street about a day after he fled on a bicycle from the First Avenue mobile home belonging to his girlfriend. First Avenue is home to the North Shore Community Mobile Home Park.
According to the report of Sgt. David Vance, police responded to a 911 call at 6:48 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, 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 mobile home 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.