EVERETT (CBS) – The man charged in one of two recent stabbings in Everett was arrested after prosecutors say his roommate recognized him in a police sketch. Victor Mariscal, 27, of Everett, pleaded not guilty and hid his face at his arraignment in Malden District Court Friday afternoon.
He was arrested Thursday night in Cambridge and charged with assault with intent to murder. Investigators said Mariscal jumped a 28-year-old man from behind on Bradford Terrace on March 16, then stabbed him twice in the forearm with a butcher knife.
Investigators say surveillance video from March 16 captured a man, later identified as Mariscal, charging at the victim with a large butcher-type carving knife. The victim fell and said, “Hey loco, hey loco, hey loco.” Mariscal swore at the victim to be quiet and took off, police said.
Ten days later, on the same street, 54-year-old Michael Starr was stabbed to death. Mariscal, who lives in the neighborhood, is not charged in the second attack at this point in the investigation. Police are trying to determine if the stabbings are related.
On March 27, the day after the second stabbing, authorities released a sketch of the suspect and searched the neighborhood. When that sketch was shown to Mariscal’s roommate police said he told them, “that looks like my roommate”.
Officers interviewed Mariscal, found a cut on his forearm, and later said they discovered the knife and sneakers seen on the video in Mariscal’s bedroom.
Laurie Pothier, Starr’s girlfriend would like to know what happened. “He didn’t deserve it. No one deserves it.”
Bradford Terrace residents would also like to know the truth of what happened.
“How can it be so random if it happens on this street and then 10 days later it happens across the street on the same street?” Wanda Cantwell asked.
Mariscal is being held until a dangerousness hearing next Wednesday.