Southborough police arrest man who allegedly stabbed sergeant inside public safety building lobby

Sgt. James Deluca was taken to a hospital in Worcester where he was treated and released early Tuesday morning. 

A Southborough police sergeant was taken to the hospital after he was allegedly stabbed in the back Monday night inside the town’s public safety building.

The incident happened around 9:50 p.m. when Sgt. James Deluca was interviewing a man in the lobby of the public safety building about some alleged threats, according to a release from Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

Authorities said Deluca had called for a mental health clinician who recommended that the man be further evaluated at a hospital.

“While Sgt. Deluca was taking an inventory of the man’s belongings, he was stabbed with a folding knife,” the DA’s office said. “The knife penetrated the sergeant’s protective vest, which likely prevented more serious injury.”

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The alleged attacker, later identified as 35-year-old Stuart Angus of Southborough, fled the building but was later arrested, authorities said.

Angus was initially taken to Marlborough Hospital before being moved to Bridgewater State Hospital where officials said he was being held. Authorities added that Angus was arraigned over Zoom out of Westborough District Court on a charge of assault and battery with a deadly weapon.

The DA’s office said Judge Andrew M. D’Angelo ordered Angus to undergo a mental health evaluation and scheduled him a dangerousness hearing for June 29.

Deluca was taken to UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester where he was treated and released early Tuesday morning. 

State police detectives and the DA’s office said they are investigating the incident, and no further information has been released.

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