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Melrose police search for suspect in stabbing, home invasion

Investigators said a man entered the home and demanded items from a 19-year-old woman.

Melrose police are trying to identify a man suspected in a home invasion on Wednesday morning. The man also is suspected in other attempted vehicle and house break-ins, such as the one shown above caught on home surveillance, and the theft of two cars in the neighborhood. Courtesy Melrose Police Department

Melrose police are searching for a man who stabbed a 19-year-old woman in the neck during a home invasion Wednesday morning, according to a statement from Chief Michael Lyle.

Police arrived at the home on Lynde Street around 2:50 a.m.

Investigators said a man entered the home and demanded items from the 19-year-old woman and a physical confrontation ensued.

The woman received a knife wound to her neck, and was taken to an area hospital for treatment, according to police.

Her father William Westgate told 7 News he woke up to his daughter’s screams.

“I race down and I get to the bottom of the stairs and my daughter was halfway down the street chasing somebody saying he’s got my pocketbook,” he told the TV station.

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Moments later they realized she had been stabbed, he told 7 News.

“We haven’t processed it yet,” he told the TV station. “How can you process something like that? There’s a stranger that just walks into your house and holds a knife over your daughter.. how can you process that. I just can’t, you know?”

Police said the same man may also be responsible for attempted home and car break-ins in the area on Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, and a pair of car thefts, including one in which the keyless start keyfob was left inside the vehicle.

In each instance where the break-in attempts were successful, police said the entry doors were left unlocked.

“I cannot stress enough how significant a step the simple act of locking your home and vehicle doors can be in preventing you from becoming a victim of crime,” Lyle said. “I urge all residents to remember to lock their homes and vehicles.”

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact the Melrose Police Department at 781-665-1212.

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