NORTON, Mass. (WPRI) — A man accused of stabbing another man during a fit of road rage in Norton faced a judge Friday.
Alfred Pond was arraigned on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Sept. 28.
Pond, 49, of Attleboro, was arrested at his home Thursday following the incident on Plain Street.
The 25-year-old victim told police he and another man were involved in a road rage incident that began in Easton and continued into Norton, where they both stopped their vehicles and confronted one another.
The victim said the suspect stabbed him in the chest before fleeing the scene, according to police.
Police said he continued driving after the stabbing and flagged down a landscaper for help.
That landscaper, Dan Cahill, said the victim was “very pale, bleeding like crazy.”
“He pulled in and said, ‘help, I’ve been stabbed in the chest,” Cahill recalled. “Called 911, asked him he was alright. He said, ‘I’ve he had better days,’ and just comforted him, made him feel alright.”
In his 911 call, the victim provided police with the suspect’s license plate and vehicle description. It allowed police to locate Pond at his Attleboro home a short time later, where he was taken into custody.
In court Friday, it was revealed that Pond admitted to everything, including the stabbing. Police said Pond also led them to the location of the knife in a wooded area along Pine Street in Norton, about half a mile from where the incident took place.
Court documents obtained by Eyewitness News detailed the series of events that led up to the stabbing. According to the documents, the victim told police he was driving on Depot Street in Easton when he crossed into the right lane to get an idea if he could continue straight in the left lane.
The victim said he crossed back into the left lane and continued forward but when he did, another driver pulled up on his right and passed him, but not before making obscene gestures.
The report goes on to say the victim stated that the other driver, who police later identified as Pond, slammed on his brakes several times, allegedly “trying to cause an accident.”
It was then, according to the documents, that both vehicles pulled off the side of the road and the victim approached Pond and asked what his problem was, but Pond drove off.
Once back on the road, the victim said Pond began slamming on his brakes and pulled over again. The victim tried to approach the vehicle but Pond did not get out, and drove off.
This continued for several miles, the documents state, until they both pulled over on Plain Street in Norton. Pond started walking towards the victim with a knife, telling him to get back in his car “before you get stabbed,” according to the documents.
The victim told police he stood there with his hands up over his head but Pond stabbed him anyway, then took off.
Pond said in court he was unsure if he wants to hire a lawyer or represent himself in the case. He did not qualify for a court-appointed attorney at the time of his hearing on Friday.
Police said the victim is in stable condition following surgery at Rhode Island Hospital.