Man arrested after daughter stabbed with scissors

  • State Police K-9 Brutus. Contributed photo

Recorder Staff
Thursday, December 28, 2017

GILL — A 46 year-old Gill man accused of stabbing his 18 year-old daughter with scissors tried to run over a state trooper before subsequently crashing his SUV and fleeing into the woods off Lions Hill Road, where he was captured by a police dog.

The incident happened just before midnight Thursday, Dec. 14, according to a statement released Thursday, Dec. 28, by the Massachusetts State Police.

“At 11:11 p.m., the Shelburne Barracks took a call from a Gill resident of South Cross Road who reported that a woman had come to his house knocking frantically at the door. The woman told him she had just jumped out of a car driven by a family member after he struck her in the back of her head with scissors,” said Dave Procopio, a State Police spokesman.

Procopio noted the story wasn’t immediately released, and names have been withheld intentionally to avoid compromising the woman’s identity. The suspect was driving his daughter to the airport for a flight home to Colorado when the stabbing took place. The woman’s injuries were “serious enough” to require an ambulance, and she was taken to the hospital as precaution.

By the time police arrived at South Cross Road, the suspect, driving a 2006 Toyota RAV4 SUV, was gone.

Troopers put out a county-wide notice requesting help from other departments to find the suspect, and “numerous areas were searched after talking to family members to find out where he might have gone,” Procopio said. While others looked elsewhere, Trooper Scott Boutell staked out South Cross Road in case the man came back looking for his daughter.

“Around 2:15 a.m., the suspect’s vehicle returned, and when Trooper Boutell exited his cruiser the suspect drove at him attempting to strike him,” the statement about the incident says. Boutell pursued the car “but was unable to catch up” and lost the vehicle into darkness.

15 minutes later, a second officer, Trooper Matt Donah of the K-9 unit, found the SUV driving not far away and pursued until the “vehicle crashed on the shoulder” of the road. The driver fled on foot, again losing police. Inside the car, Donah found “blood soaked seats and a knife on the vehicle floor,” the statement says.

Donah’s police dog, K-9 Brutus, tracked the man’s scent and found him in nearby woods “with what appeared to be self-inflicted stab wounds.”

The man was arrested for assault and battery on a family member, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault to murder, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and failure to stop for police. He was taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center and later transferred to Baystate Springfield because of his injuries, Procopio said.

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