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Dracut Cop Credited With Saving Stabbing Victim; Arrest Warrant Issued For Husband

Jan 17, 2018 01:44PM ● By Bill Gilman

The home of Brenda and James O'Neil, 7 Sesame St., Dracut (Dracut Assessor's Database)

Law enforcement officials believe a Dracut man stabbed his estranged wife multiple times, fled their Sesame Street home and then attempted to kill himself by driving his car into a tree.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Dracut Chief of Police Peter Bartlett have confirmed that an arrest warrant has been issued for James O’Neil, 59, of Dracut for the charges of assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and domestic assault and battery in connection with allegedly stabbing a woman who is known to him at a Sesame Street residence in Dracut.

Multiple sources have confirmed the identity of the victim as Brenda O'Neil, estranged wife of the suspect.

Just after midnight, Tuesday morning, Dracut Police received a 911 call from 7 Sesame St. According to scanner reports, responding officers discovered a female victim, suffering from multiple stab wounds, including a severe wound to her leg. The victim was taken by Medflight to a Boston trauma center for treatment. She underwent surgery on Tuesday. In an article published by the Lowell Sun, unnamed sources said the victim had "a 50/50 chance of surviving."

According to The Sun article, an officer used a tourniquet to stop the excessive bleeding from her leg.

In a posting on his Twitter account, Dracut Police Chief Peter Bartlett lauded the actions of his officers.

"Couldn’t be more proud of the responding officers who acted with such professionalism, dedication and compassion. Our team approach with @DracutMAPD Officers and Detectives, @DAMarianRyan and @MassStatePolice was instrumental in this case. THANK YOU!" wrote Bartlett.

According to Dracut Assessor's Office information, the property at 7 Sesame St. is owned by James and Brenda O'Neil. The couple purchased the property in 1994.

A short time after responding to the 911 call, Dracut Police were also alerted to a single car crash on Methuen Street and Parker Road. The driver, identified as James O'Neil, sustained serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. 

Investigators believe O'Neil intentionally slammed his car into a tree in a suicide attempt after assaulting his estranged wife and fleeing the home. The Middlesex County DA's office has issued an arrest warrant for O'Neil on charges of assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and domestic assault and battery. But that warrant has not yet been executed.

"As a result of his medical condition he has not been placed under arrest at this time and an arraignment has not been scheduled," wrote DA Marian Ryan, in a press release. "This is an active and ongoing investigation no additional information is being released at this time."

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