There are common argument causes in small suburbs and dog droppings are surely one of these causes. However, yesterday, such an argument ended violently. A Springfield man is currently under arrest while the two women he was arguing with are recovering from multiple stab wounds, police say.
Police officers were called in to a Belmont Avenue residence on Friday at 10:46 AM after receiving reports of multiple stabbings. A 46 year old woman and her 23 year old daughter were both stabbed with a kitchen knife on the first floor of an apartment building. The 46 year old presented multiple stab wounds in the back, while her daughter had been stabbed repeatedly in the face and neck. Although numerous, the injuries were not life-threatening. Both women were treated at a local hospital.
Authorities revealed that a neighbor, Michael Valentin, 33, had been arrested under suspicion of having assaulted the women. He is currently charged with armed assault with intent to murder, mayhem, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Witnesses were the ones who identified the suspect.
Earlier that same day, police was called in to the same address over disputes concerning dog droppings. The suspect, Valentin, called to report that the women’s two pit bulls had defecated on the stairs of the building and in the side yard.
John Delaney, police spokesman said that officers contacted the landlord and asked him to resolve the situation.
“Apparently after the officers left, the situation became violent and the argument turned into a double stabbing over dog feces,”
the spokesman added.
The man will be held over the weekend, expecting to be arraigned tomorrow in Springfield District Court on his two counts of armed assault with intent to murder, one count of mayhem and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.