Police: Man stabbed woman, 61

Published: 4/25/2018 10:52:16 PM

ORANGE — An Orange man who reportedly fled the scene of a stabbing was tracked down and arrested Tuesday night in the woods behind Leisure Woods Estates on East River Street.

The victim, a 61-year-old female, was treated at Athol Hospital for multiple stab wounds to the head and is home recovering.

Matthew Gerald Hansen, 31, of Daniel Shays Highway, was arrested and charged with attempt to commit murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (knife), resisting arrest, assault and battery on a police officer, mistreating and interfering with a police dog, and assault and battery on a household member.

Police Chief Craig Lundgren said Wednesday they have not determined why the man, who was allowed to stay at his mother’s home at Leisure Woods Estates, attacked the woman, who also lives in that home. The suspect and victim are not related.

At 9:36 p.m., Orange Police officers responded to an hysterical call from a female at an East River Street home reporting her friend had been stabbed. The caller, who did not witness the incident, said she was in the bedroom holding the door shut and not coming out. She stated her friend was in the bathroom and the caller’s son was still possibly at the scene. At the time, the condition of the victim could not be determined.

Responding officers immediately made contact with the victim and secured a perimeter. The 61-year-old victim was treated for multiple stab wounds at the scene by Orange firefighters and transferred to Athol Hospital by Orange Ambulance.

Orange Officer Chris Bisceglia and K9 Orka, as well as troopers from the Athol State Police barracks, were requested to the scene to assist with locating the suspect. Upon arrival, K9 Orka was deployed on a building search and officers quickly determined the suspect had left the residence before they arrived.

The police used Orka to track the suspect. Orka led officers out the back door eastbound through backyards and located the suspect hiding in the shadows outside a nearby residence. He fled on foot and was pursued by officers. A violent struggle ensued forcing officers to shoot him three times with a Taser gun, but he continued to fight. Orka was used to take the suspect into custody. Officer Bisceglia was assaulted during the altercation and required medical treatment for minor injuries. He was cleared at the Athol Hospital at 10:46 p.m.

The Orange Fire Department’s utility truck responded with a generator-operated lighting unit to illuminate the area where Hansen was apprehended so officers could search for a weapon. No item was recovered there. Some members of the state police Crime Prevention and Control Unit (CPAC) and Crime Scene Services responded at 11:43 to secure both the first and second crime scenes.

Police say three knives bearing evidence of the attack were recovered from the scene of the stabbing. No description of the knives was given.

Hansen was taken to Athol Hospital and then transferred to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester for treatment of bite wounds to the leg. At UMass he is being guarded by sheriff’s deputies. He was ordered held on $15,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Orange District Court on Friday.

Hansen is also scheduled to appear for a pretrial conference Friday in district court on case from a year ago.

On March 2, 2017, he pleaded innocent to operating under the influence of liquor (second offense), operating under the influence of drugs (second offense), possessing a Class A drug (heroin, subsequent offense), negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and marked lanes violation.

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