Oak Bluffs man charged after knife attack

Oak Bluffs man charged after knife attack

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Oak Bluffs police station. — MVTimes file photo

Oak Bluffs police arrested Joseph T. Lacaprucia early Monday morning after he slashed a house guest with a kitchen knife, then pushed the man down a stairway following an altercation over a woman, Lt. Tim Williamson said.

Police arrested Mr. Lacaprucia, 26, on charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and assault.

Police declined to release the name of the victim, a 37-year-old man who listed an address in Edgartown. The slashing victim was taken to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital for treatment of a significant laceration on the back of his arm, and serious bruises to his head and face, Lieutenant Williamson said.

Oak Bluffs Police called in help from other Island towns to apprehend Mr. Lacaprucia, who has a record of assault. “Oak Bluffs officers with the assistance of officers from Edgartown PD, Tisbury PD and Chilmark PD, were able to locate and arrest the suspect, who was hiding in the residence,” police said in a statement released through social media.

Police also recovered the knife used in the attack.

Lieutenant Williamson said the two men got into an altercation over a woman, who was also a guest at the 7 Dreamer’s Way home. He said Mr. Lacaprucia lives at the home, though he gave a different address on the same street as his residence. All three people were very intoxicated, according to police.

Mr. Lacaprucia was sentenced to jail twice on previous assault charges, according to court records. In July of 2011, he was convicted of vandalizing property, and assault, in Edgartown District Court. He was sentenced to six months in a house of correction, with three years of probation.

In July of 2012, he was convicted of resisting arrest, and assault on a police officer, and ordered to serve an additional six months in a house of correction.


  1. It’s a damn shame, I went to jail trying to help this kid, only because I saw myself in him. He’s much younger, and I thought he would follow my lead. I still believe in him, I question it all…………

  2. Another one well known to the island justice system also with quite the FB page. Wish Massachusetts would have a three strike rule and a better ICE relationship! It’s not a great place to raise our children like it use to be.