NEWTON, Mass. — A Massachusetts man charged with stabbing a 79-year-old shopper inside a supermarket has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

A not guilty plea to a charge of assault with intent to murder was entered on behalf of 23-year-old Matthew Muradov at his arraignment Tuesday. A judge ordered him to Bridgewater State Hospital for the evaluation.

Newton police say they responded to the Star Market in the Auburndale section of the city at about 2 p.m. Monday for reports of a stabbing.

Muradov was arrested outside the store.

Police say the male victim, whose name was not released, was treated at the hospital and released.

Muradov’s father told WFXT-TV his son suffers from mental illness and was recently released from a hospital.

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