Tattooed man captured in Pennsylvania after random machete attack


FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — A man who has several facial tattoos and was wanted in connection with a machete attack on a woman and a dog last month in Massachusetts has been captured in Pennsylvania.

Police say Thomas Vargus was apprehended Sunday in Marcus Hook, Pa., where he’d been staying with a man who shot a New Jersey state trooper in 1982 and had spent time in prison with him.

Police say Vargus randomly approached a woman walking a dog in Taunton, Mass., on Sept. 18 and attacked them with a machete. They survived.

Police say Vargus was growing his hair and a beard, apparently in an attempt to hide his facial and head tattoos.

He remains in Pennsylvania as a fugitive from justice. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.