Orange man identified in alleged stabbing of 71-year-old woman

Franklin County

ORANGE, Mass. (WWLP) – A man from Orange has been charged with armed assault to murder and several counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, in connection with an incident in the area Monday afternoon. 

According to Orange Police Chief James Sullivan, the suspect, identified as 29-year-old James Gonzalez, allegedly stabbed a 71-year-old woman in her home multiple times. The woman’s 15-year-old grandson had to pull Gonzalez off of the woman and got him out of the home. She was taken to a hospital in Worcester and is expected to survive.

Northwestern District Attorney spokeswoman Mary Carey said the reasoning for the attack is being investigated. Officers believe the attack was a targeted attack and there was no danger to the public.

Gonzalez, who was known to the victim, is in custody and expected to be arraigned in Orange District Court Tuesday afternoon.

The suspect is expected to be charged with the following:

  • A&B with a dangerous weapon +60
  • Armed assault to murder +60
  • A&B dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury
  • A&B +60
  • A&B with a dangerous weapon
  • A&B with a dangerous weapon​

The case is being investigated by Orange Police and Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit attached to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.

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