Two women were arrested in Beverly on charges resulting from a fight that sent two other women to the hospital with stab wounds and one with facial injuries, Beverly police said.
While the cause of the brawl remains unclear, it involved six women in two groups at the Gloucester Crossing neighborhood, said April Clarizia, a spokeswoman for the Beverly Police Department.
“There was some sort of a disagreement between the two groups. From there it escalated to a physical fight, and from there it escalated when a knife became involved,” Clarizia said.
EMS officials transported three women to Beverly Hospital following the melee. One woman suffered facial injuries and was released, Clarizia said. The other two women sustained stab wounds. One was treated for superficial wounds to the back, while the other, Clarizia said, suffered a punctured lung and a laceration to her liver.
“[Injuries are] serious, she’s going to be OK, though,” Clarizia said.
Police arrested Dionne S. Duarte, 23. of Randolph and Linette Figuerola, 19, of Brockton after the fight, which occurred at 34 Grant St., Clarizia said.
Duarte faces charges including three counts of assault with intent to murder and one count of carrying a dangerous weapon, according to Clarizia.
Police charged Figuerola with three counts of armed assault with intent to murder, one count of carrying a dangerous weapon, Clarizia said.
Additionally, Figuerola is charged with being an accessory after the fact after she allegedly tried to dispose of the knife used in the fight, Clarizia said. Police recovered the weapon, she added.
“There could be additional charges” especially if there are any changes to the victims’ medical conditions, Clarizia said. “It’s too early to say.”
Duarte and Figuerola are being held in Beverly until their Tuesday arraignment at Salem District Court, according to Clarizia.
According to police and neighbors, the violent incident is an anomaly in the neighborhood and Beverly as a whole.
“I’ve been here for five years and nothing like this has happened here,” said one neighbor who lives one building away from where the fight occurred.
Clarizia agreed, saying, “This is unusual, this is an uncommon occurrence for any part of the city."