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Man accused of stabbing girlfriend in Dudley Square

A Roxbury man allegedly stabbed his girlfriend several times in the back Thursday morning at a busy neighborhood intersection and then admitted to the brazen attack when a Boston police officer approached him, according to officials and court records.

Ferguson J. Farrell, 28, allegedly assaulted the 47-year-old Jamaica Plain woman shortly before 8 a.m. by the corner of Dudley and Warren streets in Roxbury near the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library, authorities said.

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Police Superintendent Bernard O’Rourke said at the scene Thursday morning that the woman was in stable condition at Boston Medical Center.

“An argument of some sort had started and as a result of that [the woman] was stabbed,” O’Rourke said. “This was domestic in nature.’’

According to a police report, a witness told Officer David Godin at about 8:15 a.m. that a woman had been stabbed on Warren Street, and Godin found the victim at the intersection suffering from “numerous stab wounds to her back.”

Witnesses described the attacker as a heavyset male wearing blue shorts and a red hoodie, and as Godin secured the crime scene, he saw a man who matched the description, later identified as Farrell, walking on Dudley Street, the report said.

Farrell dropped to his knees as Godin approached him and put his hands behind his back, telling the officer, “I stabbed her,” according to the report.

Godin placed Farrell into custody, and when he escorted him to his cruiser, several witnesses identified him as the attacker, the report stated.

A not-guilty plea was entered for Farrell on a charge of armed assault with intent to murder during his arraignment Thursday afternoon in Roxbury Municipal Court.

He was ordered held on $100,000 bail and is due back in court Sept. 4, records show.

Farrell’s lawyer at the arraignment, Arnold Abelow, said in a phone interview that his client has taken out multiple restraining orders against the woman who was stabbed.

“There’s two sides to every story,” Abelow said.

A search of the online court database for Suffolk County showed Farrell sought restraining orders against the woman in August 2011 and July 2012.

Another search of the Suffolk County database did not turn up any restraining orders pursued by the woman against Far-rell.

Shortly after Thursday’s attack, a shopping bag that the woman was apparently carrying lay on the street alongside evidence marking cones. Investigators were seen putting bloody clothing and a purse in evidence bags.

A woman who declined to give her name said she saw the pair quarreling in front of the Dudley library at about 7 a.m.

John R. Ellement of the Globe Staff contributed to this report. Travis Andersen can be reached at Laura Crimaldi can be reached at
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