The stabbing of a doctor in Jupiter earlier this week has shaken the community.
After the attack, the suspect, identified as Nicholas David Parchesco, 28, of Margate, then led law enforcement on a high-speed chase north into Indian River County while weaving in and out of lanes.
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said emergency crews responded to the 6000 block of West Indiantown Road just before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and found a person had been stabbed. The victim was taken to a local trauma center.
Parchesco was spotted fleeing northbound on I-95 at more than 120 mph.
According to the arrest report, Jupiter police alerted authorities to the north that a doctor had been stabbed and the suspect was on the run.
“We saw the sirens with the police vehicles, coming over they jumped the median,” Dr. Brian Hunt, who works nearby said. “Before you know it, we see the doctor getting wheeled out.”
Hunt said the situation was a bit unsettling.
“It was a little nerve-racking to see that happen,” Hunt said.
The area where the stabbing occurred is very close to the entrance to Interstate 95 off of Indiantown Road.
However, Parchesco wasn’t arrested until he led authorities on a chase that ended near Fellsmere.
The Jupiter community is now left wondering what prompted the doctor to be stabbed and why.
“We are not used to that sort of thing happening in Jupiter,” one person told WPTV on Friday. “Whenever something like that happens it’s totally shocking and obviously not something we want to see, disrupts our community.”
Firefighters said the physician was taken to a local trauma center.
The Palm Beach County State Attorney’s office said Parchesco is facing an attempted first-degree murder charge.
The name of the doctor and their condition have not been released.