UPDATE: Larry Landry, 41, of 235 Littleton Road, Chelmsford, was arrested at Bishop Markham Village, 198 South Street, in Lowell this afternoon.
He is charged with armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery on a disabled person, according to police.
The 61-year-old victim, who authorities have not identified, was upgraded to stable condition today at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He is expected to survive.
According to police radio broadcasts from Tuesday night, one of Landry’s family members lives in Bishop Markham Village.
I was in a meeting at Lowell General Hospital regarding traffic in Lowell this evening when I checked my breaking news list on Twitter and discovered Chelmsford Police were calling for MedFlight to transport a man who was attacked with a knife at 257 Littleton Road.
I left Lowell General in a hurry.
After talking to a witness and friends of the victim at the scene, I believe I know the victim’s name and the name of a man who may be the suspect, but I’m going to withhold the victim’s name until I know his family has been notified.
I’m also going to withhold the possible suspect’s name, since the DA’s office is not confirming that they have a suspect. Lawsuits and all that, you know?
Jessica Pastore, a spokeswoman for Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone, confirmed for me that police were called about 6:45 p.m., for a report of a 61-year-old man with life-threatening stab wounds.
That man was flown to an undisclosed regional trauma center and is still being treated at this hour.
According to a 53-year-old witness who told me he has known the victim for about 35 years, the victim is a 61-year-old Chelmsford native.
The witness said the 61-year-old was in his black Chevy pickup truck behind the Chinese restaurant and liquor store at 257 Littleton Road, when a 41-year-old Chelmsford man who lives below the victim in an apartment building on Littleton Road walked into the parking lot from a trail in the woods.
“He walked straight up to the driver’s side door,” the witness said.
He said the 61-year-old got out of the truck, and the 41-year-old appeared to punch him several times.
“I thought it was fists at first, but then I saw he was all sliced up,” the witness said.
He said the wounds were more like slash wounds than stab wounds.
“He sliced his belly open and he sliced his neck open,” the man told me.
The witness said he wrapped a T-shirt around the victim’s neck and put pressure on the wound as the suspect ran back into the trail through the woods.
“He ran back into the woods like a rabbit,” the witness said. He estimated the entire encounter only lasted about 30 seconds.
The victim remained conscious at the scene, though he was bleeding heavily.
Suzanne Shallah, pictured above, told me she has known the victim for about 40-years. She said he is a Chelmsford native, and that he has two grown children.
“He’s a sweetie-pie. He would do anything for you,” Shallah told me.
She and the witness, who is not pictured, both said the attacker lives below the victim nearby the scene, and that the attacker has long accused the 61-year-old victim of making too much noise.
Pastore would not confirm these details, and she declined to comment on whether investigators have a suspect, though she did say the attack is not believed to be random.
“We do not believe this to be a random attack, we do not have a suspect in custody or charged at this time and are actively searching for the perpetrator,” Pastore said.
The suspect is described as a white male, about 5’8, 160 pounds, with no hair. He was last seen wearing muddy boots, khaki, knee-length shorts, and a T-shirt.
He may be in the Lowell area, as I heard police radio broadcasts indicating he may have gotten a ride to the area of Gorham and Elm streets.
Anyone with information on this attack is asked to call Chelmsford Police at 978-256-2521.
All photos in this entry were taken by Julia Malakie.