PEABODY — As they were being driven away from the scene of a stabbing that has left a New Hampshire man hospitalized, suspect George Moise, still wearing bloodstained clothing, turned to his girlfriend and yelled, "It's all your fault," according to police.
"If you weren't (expletive) the guy, this wouldn't have happened," the driver quoted Moise as saying to his 21-year-old girlfriend.
Moise, 23, of 19 Farm Ave., Peabody, is now charged with attempted murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in the stabbing of Robert Kowalchik, 51, of Nashua. Police say Kowalchik was stabbed multiple times in the abdomen outside Moise's Peabody home.
Kowalchik was reported by Peabody police to be in serious condition yesterday at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Moise, who turned himself in to police late Tuesday afternoon, is being held without bail, pending a hearing on Wednesday into whether he poses a danger if released.
Police received a 911 call from a passer-by shortly after noon on Tuesday.
Kowalchik was taken to the hospital, and police began looking for the culprit.
They first encountered David Moise Sr., the father of the suspect, who said he had seen two men fighting. He eventually acknowledged that one of the men was his son, George.
Moise Sr. told police he saw the fight outside, then stopped to put on a prosthetic leg and went to help his other son, David Moise Jr., who was trying to break up the fight.
David, who was initially reluctant to identify his brother as the assailant, eventually told officers that his brother George had tossed the weapon, a "John Wayne" hunting knife, into some nearby weeds. He helped the officers find the knife, police said.
But he had little sympathy for Kowalchik, telling officers "he got what he deserved" because Kowalchik was engaging in sexual relations with George Moise's girlfriend.
The police report does not indicate whether there is any evidence of a relationship between the young woman and Kowalchik, only that the Moise brothers believed there was.
Police learned that a friend, Stephen LaRosa, who had shown up to get his snowblower back from David Moise Jr., was asked for help getting George Moise away from the scene.
LaRosa told police he drove George Moise and his girlfriend to his trailer on Route 1, where he, along with David Moise Jr., persuaded George to turn himself in to face the charges.
George Moise pleaded not guilty to both charges yesterday. If convicted of attempted murder, he could face up to 20 years in prison.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis may be reached at 978-338-2521 or firstname.lastname@example.org.