Two critically injured in Southbridge stabbing, suspect held without bail

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SOUTHBRIDGE — Two people suffered life-threatening injuries in a stabbing at a North Street apartment late Sunday night, according to Southbridge Police.

Officers dispatched around 10:18 p.m. found a chaotic scene with several individuals outside the building signaling for help.

A male victim emerged from the apartment with multiple stab wounds, and a female victim was discovered unresponsive inside, also with multiple stab wounds.

Both victims were quickly transported to UMASS Medical Center – University Campus in Worcester for emergency care.

A third victim received treatment at UMass Memorial Health – Harrington Memorial for non-life-threatening injuries sustained during the incident.

Police identified Ismael Caraballo Vargas, 47, as the suspect, who was allegedly still armed inside the apartment.

With additional support from police K9 units, detectives, and troopers from the Sturbridge State Police barracks, Vargas was apprehended after exiting the room and secured by authorities.

Vargas, of 92 North Street flr#2, received medical attention for minor injuries before being taken to police headquarters.

He has been charged with two counts of armed assault to murder and two counts of assault & battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury.

Following his arraignment in Dudley District Court on Tuesday, Vargas was held without bail.

The Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit – Worcester is assisting in the ongoing investigation, and no further details have been released at this time.

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