NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--Miguel A. Morales, 58, of North Salem, was arrested Aug. 6 for second-degree assault following a domestic dispute during which he allegedly stabbed a woman.

State Police were dispatched to a domestic incident on Sugar Hill Road after receiving a 911 call at approximately 5:27 p.m.

Neighbors said they saw a woman being removed from the house on a stretcher, and a shirtless man being taken away by authorities in handcuffs. The police remained at the scene for several hours, a neighbor reported, and several residents gathered outside their homes to look on.

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An investigation revealed that Morales, who lives on Sugar Hill Road, had stabbed the 62-year-old female victim several times with a kitchen knife following a verbal argument. The victim was transported to Westchester Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. 

State Trooper Melissa McMorris, public information officer for Troop K, confirmed that the woman had suffered a laceration and superficial cuts as a result of the attack. She could not confirm whether the victim had been released from the hospital.

Additionally, she could not share the nature of Morales’ relationship with the woman, other than to say that the two are related. 

McMorris said it is likely that officers remained at the location for some time to “process the scene” for blood, weapons and other evidence, which could account for the police presence neighbors reported continued for several hours after the two individuals involved were removed from the scene.

Such violent crimes are rare to the area, said North Salem Police Chief Thomas Howley.

Morales was arraigned in the town of North Salem Court before Hon. John Aronian. The defendant was remanded to the Westchester County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail or $15,000 bond. He was due to appear in the town of North Salem Court at 6:30 p.m. Monday.