Tracking Dog Finds Stabbing Suspect
By Linda Bock of Telegram.com – WORCESTER — A 38-year-old man suffered serious injuries when an acquaintance allegedly stabbed him in the neck early yesterday at a house on Millbury Street. The alleged assailant was apprehended with help from a police tracking dog.
Christopher Cafarelli, of 148 Millbury St., apparently was arguing with his girlfriend about 2 a.m. At some point, another man intervened, according to police. In the scuffle the would-be helper was stabbed in the neck, police said.
Police did not release the identity of the victim, but said the two men knew each other. Police said Mr. Cafarelli stabbed the victim once in the neck with a knife. The victim was taken to a city hospital, and was in stable condition yesterday, according to Police Sgt. Kerry F. Hazelhurst.
After the attack, Mr. Cafarelli fled the area with his girlfriend, police said.
A police search ensued. State Police Sgt. Erik Ramsland and his tracking dog, Dozer, responded to a call to help with the search. The suspect apparently left a pair of boots and a backpack behind, and that’s all Dozer needed. The dog tracked the suspect’s scent from the Millbury Street house to St. John’s Catholic Church on Temple Street. The couple was found outside the church.
Police arrested Mr. Cafarelli and subsequently arrested his girlfiend, Loriann Liberty, 42, of 148 Millbury St., on three outstanding warrants.
Mr. Cafarelli is charged with assault with intent to murder, among other charges. One charge stems from his kicking of a partition in the police van. The force of the kick pushed the partition into Ms. Liberty’s face, police said.