Wednesday, May 22, 2024

The Somerville laundromat that was the scene of a fatal stabbing Monday. (Photo: Rachael H. via Yelp)

A fatal stabbing in a Somerville laundromat Monday led to the arrest of Darien Burns, 53, a Somerville resident and his arraignment Tuesday in the city’s district court.

Police were called to the Spin Cycle Laundromat at 6 Main St., Somerville, at around 7 p.m. Monday and found Joseph Muzzi, 33 of Weymouth, stabbed. Burns, the suspect, stayed on scene and was arrested as Muzzi was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he died, police said.

Reporters for WCVB who attended the arraignment said prosecution had video showing Burns and Muzzi entering a closet inside the business and tumbling out five minutes later in a fight. “Muzzi left a trail of blood as he exited the laundromat and tried to flag down help from a passing car,” Sera Congi wrote. “When the first officers arrived, Muzzi was screaming, the prosecution also said.”

Burns, who reportedly first claimed self-defense, is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, said Middlesex district attorney Marian Ryan and Somerville chief of police Charles Femino.

The matter, including the motive, is still under investigation by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Somerville police and state police detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office, officials said. The case was referred to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and additional charges are possible.