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Suspect in custody after stabbing attack injures 6 in Massachusetts

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Massachusetts State Police trooper car^ Massachusetts MA^ USA.

A suspect is in custody after a stabbing attack injured four girls (aged 9-17) at a movie theater, and two additional people at a McDonald’s in Massachusetts.

The suspect, identified as 26-year-old Jared Christian Ravizza of Martha’s Vineyard, is accused of the unprovoked attack on Saturday before leading police on a car chase to Cape Cod. He will face charges including assault with intent to murder, and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Ravizza is currently in a local hospital receiving medical treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

According to a statement from the Braintree, MA police, the suspect entered AMC Braintree 10 around 6 p.m. where he suddenly attacked and stabbed four girls before he ran out of the theater and drove away in what appeared to be a black SUV. The girls were taken to Boston hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, according to police. Shortly after that incident, a vehicle matching the description was reportedly involved in a similar assault at a McDonald’s at the Route 3 rest area in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Responding medical personnel found a 21-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man, both of whom had non-life threatening knife lacerations; both were hospitalized for treatment.

State police said that Ravizza was arrested around 7:15 p.m. after leading police on a car chase that ended in a fiery crash in Sandwich, Massachuetts, and was taken into custody.  In addition to the stabbing incidents in Massachusetts, Ravizza has also been linked to a murder investigation at a home in Deep River, Connecticut, with Connecticut State Police sharing in a statement that officers responded to a report of a disturbance at a Deep River address where upon arrival, they located a dead body. While Ravizza was not identified by name, Connecticut State Police said “a suspect in this investigation has been taken into custody in the State of Massachusetts.”

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