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Fitchburg Man Faces Charges in Stabbing

April 13, 2019

By Cliff Clark

cclark@sentinel andenterprise.com

FITCHBURG -- A man who allegedly attacked his ex-girlfriend and another man with a knife in December was in District Court Thursday for a hearing, according to court documents.

On Dec. 16, the alleged victims were sitting in a car in a driveway on Bemis Road when Omar Riaz, 20, of 24 Ethier St., Fitchburg, allegedly opened the door and attacked a man sitting inside with a knife, stabbing him and then slashing his face causing an injury that will permanently disfigure his face, police said.

The female victim got out of the car, police said, and pulled Riaz off the man but was punched in her face.

Riaz then, said police, slashed all four of the tires on the vehicle and fled the scene.

While Riaz was wearing a mask, the alleged victim said she said she knew it was him and “could just tell it was him.”

As a result of the attack, Riaz was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault and battery, mayhem, and vandalizing property, according to court documents.

When Riaz was arraigned three days later in District Court a dangerous hearing was also held.

Riaz was found dangerous, but released with several conditions, including posting a $1,000 cash bail or $10,000 surety bond, wear a GPS monitor, and stay away from the alleged victims, according to court documents.

The dangerous finding was amended in February allowing Riaz to work part time in New Hampshire.

His next court date is May 23.