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July 2, 2012

Man sought in Salem stabbing

SALEM — A man with a long record is being sought on multiple charges, including attempted murder, after he stabbed someone seven times before turning on his former girlfriend early Saturday morning, police said.

Freedom Weymouth, 33, attacked a 31-year-old man who was escorting Weymouth’s ex-girlfriend to a safe place, according to police. The victim was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital.

He next assaulted the 32-year-old woman, police said.

Police said the stabbing victim is “an innocent third party” merely taking his co-worker to a friend’s home due to her fears of Weymouth. Both are Lynn residents. 

The incident happened on Jefferson Avenue, where police responded at 2:42 a.m.

Previously, Weymouth resided at 13 Jacobs St., Peabody, but more recently his address is unknown and he doesn’t own a vehicle, according to police, making it difficult to locate him. Area police departments have been alerted.

Meanwhile, police said, his former girlfriend has been forced into hiding.

On June 3, Peabody police sought an arrest warrant for Weymouth on charges of domestic assault and battery, witness intimidation, and destruction of property. Police said he verbally abused his girlfriend, refusing to allow her to leave. She ran for help after he passed out while drinking, according to police.

The warrant for that incident has remained outstanding ever since.

Following Saturday’s incident, Weymouth is charged with attempted murder, attempted murder by strangling, seven counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon — a knife, eight counts of domestic assault and battery, one count of domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon — his foot, stalking, larceny of a cellphone, and larceny of keys.

In 2001, Weymouth was sentenced to three to four years in state prison for attempting to burn the apartment house where a former girlfriend was living.

Weymouth was arrested in Beverly in September 2008 on charges that include failing to stop for police, driving to endanger, driving after his license was suspended, speeding and resisting arrest. This followed a police chase through downtown Beverly. At the time, his lengthy arrest record was noted and his attorney pleaded “mental health issues.”

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