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Argument over sex offender status, plunger leads to attempted stabbing

Norman Miller

The relationship between two Framingham men was at first neighborly but quickly went downhill when one of them found out the other is a registered sex offender.

Miguel Angel Garcia, 54, was arrested at 11:49 a.m. Thursday after he tried to stab his neighbor after the man brought up Garcia's status as a sex offender, police spokesman Lt. Paul Shastany said.

The neighbor, whom police did not name, had recently moved to an apartment building at 159 Second St. He had borrowed a toilet plunger from Garcia about two weeks ago but didn't return it.

On Thursday, the neighbor went to get his mail and ran into Garcia near the mailboxes, where they had an argument.

"The man said, 'I know who you are. You're a sex offender. I don't want to have anything to do with you,' " Shastany said. "Garcia yelled and screamed at him, and the victim walked away."

According to town records, Garcia is a Level 2 sex offender.

When the man returned to his apartment, Garcia pounded on the door, demanding his plunger back.

"He (the victim) got the plunger and opened the door, and there was Garcia, holding a knife above his head," Shastany said. "The victim threw the plunger out the door and slammed the door shut and he heard the knife strike the door."

Police found marks consistent with a knife blade on the door, the lieutenant said.

Garcia was arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct. He pleaded not guilty at his Framingham District Court arraignment on Thursday and was released without bail.

He is due back in court on Feb. 6 for a pretrial conference.

MetroWest Daily News writer Norman Miller can be reached at 508-626-3823 or nmiller@cnc.com