Taunton man ruled ‘dangerous’ for 2 counts of attempted murder — (The Taunton Gazette)

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The Taunton Gazette

By Gerry Tuoti

Posted Apr 12, 2011 at 12:01 AM

The city man accused of trying to kill his ex-girlfriend and her mother with a carving fork and knife last Friday is now being held without bail and was ordered to undergo a competency evaluation.

Chester MacDonald of Taunton is being held on $1million bail for allegedly stabbing an ex-girlfriend and her mother.

Taunton-The city man accused of trying to kill his ex-girlfriend and her mother with a carving fork and knife last Friday is now being held without bail and was ordered to undergo a competency evaluation.

Clutching a crucifix, Chester MacDonald, 42, made his way to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church’s parking lot after fleeing the School Street home where police said he stabbed the two women multiple times. A witness reportedly told officers he had seen MacDonald on Hopewell Street saying, “The police are looking for me. I want to turn myself in. Can you call the police for me?”

Minutes earlier, MacDonald had allegedly gone to the School Street home where his former girlfriend and her parents were living. Police said he stormed through the front door and started stabbing the younger woman. When the woman’s 62-year-old mother tried to help her, police said, MacDonald then stabbed her repeatedly with a two-pronged carving fork and a knife.

The father grabbed hold of MacDonald’s hair, pulled him off his wife and daughter, then punched him in the face, police said.

MacDonald’s former girlfriend, according to a police report, told officers she had moved out of MacDonald’s 16 Alger St. apartment earlier in the week because his behavior had become “violent and strange” in recent weeks. She told police MacDonald had stopped taking the medication he was prescribed for his bipolar disorder and had begun drinking heavily.

The woman suffered several stab wounds to the chest and a collapsed lung. Her mother suffered less serious stab wounds, police said.

MacDonald was arraigned Monday in Taunton District Court on two counts each of attempted murder and armed assault in a dwelling. Judge David Turcotte ordered him held without bail on the dangerousness statute and ordered him to undergo a competency evaluation. He is due back in court April 29.

Contact Gerry Tuoti at gtuoti@tauntongazette.com.