By Paul Tennant
---- — NORTH ANDOVER — A man charged with stabbing his father several times early Friday afternoon told police he committed this violent act so he would be deported back to El Salvador, according to documents filed at Lawrence District Court.
Alcides Bene Barahona, 29, of 119 Massachusetts Ave., was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault and battery, assault with intent to murder and assault and battery on a household member. At his arraignment Monday, Lawrence District court Judge Michael Brooks ordered Barahona held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for today.
The stabbing was reported to police at 1:48 p.m. Friday. Officers Julie Nigro and Mark Wilson found Barahona’s father, Juan Barahona, lying on the ground outside their home at 119 Massachusetts Ave.
The elder Barahona was conscious but pale and covered with blood, according to Nigro’s report. The officers then encountered Alcides Barahona outside Desmond’s Landscaping, which is located behind the two-family house where the defendant resided with his parents.
Nigro and Wilson drew their guns and placed Barahona under arrest, according to Nigro’s report. Lawrence police Officer William Olivieri was called in to interpret.
Barahona told the officers he stabbed his father while he was lying on a couch, Nigro wrote. He said he used a long knife that he took from a kitchen drawer, according to the officer’s report.
Later, after he was placed in the lockup at the police station, he told Sgt. Eric Foulds he stabbed his father so that he would be deported back to El Salvador.
Barahona has an extensive record of assault and battery convictions, according to documents at Lawrence District Court. Judge Brooks cited Barahona’s criminal record as well as his history of mental illness as reasons for holding him without bail pending today’s dangerousness hearing.
Barahona also told police he has difficulty controlling his temper and that he had not been taking the medicine that’s been prescribed for his mood problems, according to the officer’s report.
Juan Barahona, who suffered several stab wounds in the chest, was taken to Lawrence General Hospital, then airlifted to a Boston hospital, police said.