Landlord fatally stabs tenant with a sword during a heated dispute, Massachusetts cops say

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Aug. 17 2021, Published 4:32 p.m. ET

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A 43-year-old Massachusetts man used a sword to kill his tenant in a heated dispute, investigators said.

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According to the Middlesex County District Attorney’s office, police officers received a report around 10 p.m. on Aug. 15 regarding an injured person. Officers arrived on the scene of the Middlesex, Massachusetts, home and found a victim with multiple stab wounds laying on the sidewalk.

The stab wounds were fatal, and police pronounced the victim dead at the scene, according to investigators.

According to CBS Boston, a prosecutor said that the victim's left arm below the elbow was almost completely severed.

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Joshua Roush, 43, was arrested at the scene. Police believe the suspect and victim knew each other and were having a heated argument when things turned deadly.

The investigation later determined that the victim was Roush’s tenant.


The suspect reportedly barricaded himself into the home after the attack, according to CBS Boston. Heavily armed police were called in, and Roush ultimately surrendered to the police the next morning.

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Once the suspect was detained and police searched the home, they reportedly found several different weapons. One sword had a reddish-brown stain, prosecutors said and CBS Boston reported.

Roush was arraigned on a murder charge and a judge ordered him held without bail.


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