Suspect in Custody After BPD Officers Respond to Reported Stabbing Near District Station in East Boston: At about 11:24 AM, on Friday, September 27, 2019, officers assigned to District A-7 (East Boston) made an onsite arrest of suspect wanted in connection to a non-fatal stabbing which occurred just across the street from the District A-7 police station at 69 Paris Street in East Boston. The officers, who were standing in front of the station, were approached by a concerned citizen who stated that an adult male had just been stabbed inside the food mart of the Shell Gas Station across the street and that the suspect had fled on foot down Paris Street towards Maverick Street. The officers immediately ran to the store where they were met by a store clerk who began yelling and pointing in the direction of the suspect who was attempting to walk away from the scene. The officers immediately approached the suspect and placed him into custody without incident. A pat frisk of the suspect enabled officers to locate and confiscate a Swiss Army knife found on his person.
When officers returned to the store to better understand the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident, the store clerk informed them that the suspect tried to make a purchase using a counterfeit bill. According to the clerk, when he refused to accept the counterfeit bill or return it to the suspect, the suspect became enraged and lunged at the clerk, reaching over the counter and striking him with his clenched fist. The clerk, however, was able to defend himself and stop the suspect's attack. The suspect then turned his attention on a second store employee who he stabbed before fleeing the store. The second store employee received treatment for minor lacerations on scene by Boston EMS but refused further medical attention and was not transported from the scene.
The suspect, Eric Vargas, 32, of East Boston, is scheduled to appear in East Boston District Court on charges of Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon and Possession of Counterfeit Notes or Bank Bills.