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Level 3 Sex Offender Charged with Stabbing Danvers Police Officer

At approximately 5:30 this morning Danvers Patrolman John Melto was stabbed by a man outside of the perpetrator's home.

Roy Limbaugh, 58, of 37 Pope Ln., was arrested this morning after stabbing a Danvers police officer and fleeing the scene. 

According to Sergeant Bob Bettencourt, the incident happened at about 5:30 a.m., when Patrol Officer John Melto was doing surveillance on Pope Lane when was confronted by Limbaugh, who had outstanding warrants.

The situation is still under investigation, and Bettencourt said how the events transpired is still unclear, as Melto was the only officer on the scene. Had Melto been going to his residence on charges of the warrant, there would have been two officers present, Bettencourt said. 

After Melto received wounds to the arm, neck, and head, he drove to the parking lot of , where he was then taken to the hospital. Melto sustained non-life-threatening injuries. 

Limbaugh fled from the scene in a red Volkswagen Jetta, and was found by State Police in Randolph at 7:04 this morning. The State Police Crime Scene Services Section is processing the crime scene in Danvers.

Limbaugh is a level three sex offender in the state of Massachusetts, after a conviction of assault with rape intent in 1999. 

Shaira Leah Gomez March 06, 2013 at 11:36 AM
It was good that the cops were able to get a hold of the old man. We really do not know when danger happens and to whom danger can happen. Even a police offer who can save himself was no excuse to dangerous and unpredictable incidents like this, how much more to little ones who cannot seem to save themselves. As a parent of a 9 year-old, I always strive to ensure safety to my kids anytime and anywhere. Luckily after reading articles online, I found a perfect solution that has been working perfectly for my son and me and my husband as well; http://www.radicalparenting.com/2011/08/07/awesome-phone-safety-device-for-teens-safekidzone/
Sean Ward March 06, 2013 at 11:32 PM
In astounds me how little time convicted level 3 sex offenders spend in prison.

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