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Mr. Semiday

Millbury man is charged; no details, motive given

By Donna Boynton and Scott J. Croteau TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
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MILLBURY- Authorities gave no details on the motive behind a Saturday night stabbing inside a Millbury apartment that left a Worcester man in critical condition and a Millbury man charged with stabbing the victim in the heart.

According to police and court officials, some people were gathered at 3 Victoria Terrace, Apt. 2, Saturday night. Sometime during the night Edwin Semiday - who lives in the apartment with his girlfriend - stabbed Mario Sabatalo, 21, of 128 Allston Ave., Worcester, authorities said.

Mr. Sabatalo was stabbed "numerous times," with one stab wound going through his chest and into his heart, Millbury Police Chief Richard L. Handfield said yesterday. The victim underwent surgery at UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus in Worcester, where he was listed in critical condition yesterday.

The chief declined to say what led to the stabbing. He said the men were acquaintances. In Worcester Central District Court yesterday, court officials did not detail what led to the stabbing.

A cellular phone call to state police was transferred to Millbury police Saturday around 11:34 p.m. The caller told police about a stabbing at the Victoria Terrace apartments.

Police headed to the apartment, but the 31-year-old Mr. Semiday was gone. Witnesses told police Mr. Semiday was the attacker, according to police reports.

Witnesses also told police Mr. Semiday might have run off to his brother's house at Waters Court in town. Police arrived about an hour after the attack and found Mr. Semiday at his brother's home, police reports said.

In an interview with a state police detective, Mr. Semiday allegedly admitted attacking Mr. Sabatalo.

"Semiday confessed to stabbing and kicking the victim," the police report said. "Semiday also admitted that he fled the scene after the stabbing, threw the knife into the woods and ran."

Assistant District Attorney Roberta O'Brien said police found a bloody shirt at the Waters Court home. She said Mr. Semiday admitted to taking off the shirt and putting on a new one. Authorities searched the woods for the knife, but it was not found.

Mr. Semiday was arraigned in court yesterday on two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and one count of assault with intent to murder. He was held on $200,000 cash bail. Pleas of not guilty were entered on his behalf and the case was continued to Sept. 23.
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