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Man facing assault and battery charges following Orange stabbing

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ORANGE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

A Franklin County man is accused of stabbing a women, then assaulting police during his arrest.

Orange Police said that they were called to East River Street around 9:30 p.m. Monday for a report of a stabbing and the suspect possibly still on-scene.

Officers arrived and made contact with the victim, a 61 year old woman.  She was transported to Athol Hospital for treatment of multiple stab wounds.  

Investigators then sent a K-9 on a search of the building for the suspect and it was determined that the suspect fled before police arrived.

The K-9 then went on a track based on a piece of the suspect's clothing that was left behind during the incident and a short time later, that suspect - identified as 31-year-old Mathew Hansen of Orange - was found hiding in the shadows of the exterior of a nearby home.

Hansen then fled and officers and the K-9 gave chase.

"A violent struggle ensued forcing officers to deploy their tasers in order to take the suspect into custody," police explained.

Hansen was arrested and is charged with attempt to commit a crime (murder), assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (knife), assault and battery, assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, and mistreating or interfering with a police dog.  

Bail was set at $15,000, with arraignment scheduled for Friday in Orange District Court.

One officer and the K-9 required treatment at the scene for minor injuries sustained during the altercation.

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