NEWTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man charged with stabbing a 79-year-old shopper inside a supermarket has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.
A not guilty plea to a charge of assault with intent to murder was entered on behalf of 23-year-old Matthew Muradov at his arraignment Tuesday. A judge ordered him to Bridgewater State Hospital for the evaluation.
Newton police say they responded to the Star Market in the Auburndale section of the city at about 2 p.m. Monday for reports of a stabbing.
Muradov was arrested outside the store.
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Police say the male victim, whose name was not released, was treated at the hospital and released.
Muradov’s father told WFXT-TV his son suffers from mental illness and was recently released from a hospital.