Affidavit paints grisly crime scene during Newport stabbing

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NEWPORT — A recently released affidavit describes a frightening and grisly scene during the early morning hours at a Newport apartment, where a woman was stabbed by her husband in the neck and abdomen.

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Roberto Vargas, 53, of Newport, was in court on Monday where he pled not guilty to the charges he faces after allegedly stabbing his wife.

The incident took place on Saturday morning at around 12:26 a.m., at the suspect’s Central Street apartment.

The affidavit, filed by Newport Police Officer Tanner Jacobs, states that while being treated at North Country Hospital, the victim told police that the stabbing took place after an argument.

The victim told police that Vargas had been watching the horror film “Scream,” which has a scene where one of the characters is stabbed. She told police that Vargas said something to the effect of “I wish I could do that and get away with it.”

The affidavit goes on to say that the two continued arguing, which continued through text messages when Vargas went upstairs to the bedroom.

The victim described Vargas as “intoxicated” at the time.

When Vargas stopped responding to the text messages, the woman went upstairs into the bedroom. She told police that she did not remember what happened next, other than receiving a “sharp poke” in the neck.

Police say they found the victim bleeding profusely from a neck wound two and a half inches long, and a quarter of an inch deep. She was also bleeding from a wound in her abdomen.

Police say that when they arrived, Vargas willingly surrendered to arrest, however, they did not immediately find the knife, which had been stuffed in some insulation in the basement. The knife is said to have a four inch blade.

The crime scene was described as having blood on the floor, walls, and bed.

In court on Monday, Vargas pled not guilty to the charges of 2nd degree attempted murder, 1st degree aggravated domestic assault with a weapon, as well as violating his probation.

If convicted Vargas could be sentenced to a possible life sentence.

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