Son arrested in fatal Mason City stabbing

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Mason City police say a son of a 73-year-old Mason City man has been arrested after his slaying.

Lt. Frank Stearns said in a news release Friday that Thomas Barlas Jr. is charged with first-degree murder. Barlas is accused of fatally stabbing his father, Anastasios “Tom” Barlas Sr., at his father’s Mason City home.

Police were called to the residence around 8:45 p.m. Thursday. Thomas Barlas Jr. was arrested a little after 9 p.m.

Police haven’t released other details. Online records don’t yet list the case, and it’s unclear whether Thomas Barlas Jr. has an attorney.

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