• Police: Man tried to decapitate dog in Taunton machete attack

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    MARCUS HOOK, Penn. - One of Massachusetts’ most wanted fugitives was captured Sunday in Pennsylvania, according to Mass. State Police. 

    Thomas Vargus, 45, is wanted for stabbing a dog and assaulting a woman in Taunton last month, police say. 

    Vargus was added to State Police’s most wanted violent fugitive list earlier this month and several agencies have been searching for him. 

    According to police, Vargus has been living in Marcus Hook, Penn. and staying with 70-year-old Glen Turner, a convicted felon and member of the Pagan Outlaws motorcycle gang who had previously served prison time with him. 

    Police in Pennsylvania saw Vargus and Turner eating dinner and arrested them as they left the diner Sunday evening. 

    According to Mass. State Police, Vargus faces charges for attacking a woman and her dog on Church Street in Taunton, when he pulled a machete and stabbed the dog before attacking the woman.

    Vargus had a shaved head and facial tattoos, but police say he had grown his hair out and grown facial hair to obscure those identifying features. 

    Police say Turner had previously served a prison sentence for shooting a New Jersey State Trooper in the face in 1982. 

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