LOWELL -- A 56-year-old city man pleaded not guilty Monday to using a dental pick as a dangerous weapon.
In Lowell District Court, Gary S. Rasmussen, of 89 Westford St., Unit 2, Lowell, was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
According to court documents, Lowell police responded at 11:53 a.m. last Friday to 83 Westford St. for a report of a possible stabbing.
Upon arrival, police spoke to the 39-year-old male victim who said he was standing at the top of the stairs of the building when Rasmussen allegedly accused him of stealing his moped.
Rasmussen and the victim, who knew each other, began to argue, then Rasmussen allegedly held him down and began to punch him. The alleged victim then felt pain in his right leg and saw that he had been stabbed with a small object.
The object, a dental pick, was still on the stairs. The victim was transported to the hospital, where he was treated and released.
Police spoke to two witnesses who indicated they were standing next to the victim when Rasmussen approached him and an argument ensued. The witnesses allegedly saw Rasmussen stab the victim.
When police spoke to Rasmussen, he allegedly admitted he was involved in a fight with the victim. There was no explanation as to where the dental pick came from and why it was used.
Rasmussen's next court date is a pretrial conference Oct. 16.
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