Police arrested a man near his apartment in Falmouth for armed assault to murder after he allegedly attempted to strike a coworker with a knife at the Flying Bridge Restaurant in Falmouth on July 4.

The man, Arden R. Wright, who also was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, was detained without incident by police in the parking lot of his residence after they said fled the scene of the incident.

Cape and Island District Attorney Michael O'Keefe has opted not to prosecute Mr. Wright, predicated on his return to his home country, assistant district attorney Tara L. Miltimore said in an email.

Information was not available yesterday afternoon on the identity of that home country.

Police said the victim of the assault was attacked in a hallway off the kitchen area of the restaurant.

The victim told responding officer Robert Curtis that after spotting Mr. Wright “holding a large filet knife over his head with his right hand making a downward motion,” the victim “was able to fend off the knife strike by grasping Wright’s right wrist,” Officer Curtis’s report states.

The victim was then “able to power him backwards down the 15-foot-long hallway and around the corner to the right while holding him by the neck with one hand and his left wrist with the other hand,” the report says.

“Once around the corner the two fell to the floor and the knife was eventually released,” the report says.

By the time police arrived, Mr. Wright had fled the scene, the report says.

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Aquinnah

Now I know what was going on that day when 4 cruisers raced into the Flying Bridge lot while the farmers market was going on...

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