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Merrimack Valley

October 30, 2013

North Andover man charged with knife attack

LAWRENCE — Michael Mattinson, charged with threatening a man with a knife early Sunday morning, told police he found the alleged victim in bed with his girlfriend, according to a report filed with Lawrence District Court,

Mattinson, 27, of 22 Devon Court, North Andover, was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He pleaded not guilty Monday and Judge Ellen Caulo released him on his own recognizance pending a Dec. 18 pretrial conference.

The alleged victim, a 22-year-old man, refused medical attention but he said the kitchen knife wielded by Mattinson during their altercation made contact with him, according to police Lt. Charles Gray, spokesman for the North Andover Police Department.

Mattinson denied the victim’s allegation, according to Officer Brian Faye’s report.

The alleged victim called police at around 4 a.m. and said Mattinson had threatened him with a knife, police said. When Faye arrived at 22 Devon Court, the alleged victim was outside, the officer wrote.

After Faye knocked, Mattinson, still inside the house, held a large kitchen knife in his left hand as he walked toward the front door, according to the officer’s report. Faye shined his flashlight in Mattinson’s face and ordered him to drop the knife.

When Mattinson came outside, Faye, with his gun drawn, ordered him to the ground, where he was handcuffed. Officers Robert Barter and Michael Reardon joined Faye at the scene.

Mattinson, his girlfriend and the alleged victim admitted they had consumed a lot of liquor the previous night, Faye wrote. When the alleged victim got into bed with the woman, she at first assumed he was Mattinson, according to Faye’s report.

The alleged victim acknowledged he “made a mistake” by trying to sleep with his friend’s girlfriend, Faye wrote.

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