The man accused of stabbing a Taunton woman and her dog before going on the lam was back in Massachusetts Thursday.

ABC6 is reporting that 45-year-old Thomas Vargus appeared in court on Thursday evening, after going on the run after he allegedly attacked his brother’s girlfriend and her dog with a machete in September. Officers eventually tracked Vargus down to Pennsylvania, arresting him outside of a diner. He had covered his distinctive face and head tattoos with hair and a beard, and was staying with a former convict he met in prison.

According to the station, Vargus did not deny the allegations while walking in to court on Thursday, saying he attacked the pitbull because “I wanted to.”

Vargus reportedly has numerous other charges against him in Massachusetts and in multiple other states. He is being held on bail pending a dangerousness hearing next week.

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