2020-08-26

Bridgewater authorities seek information concerning apparent stabbing

by Keith Corcoran

The search continues for those involved in an apparent August 19 stabbing on Bridgewater's west side.

Officers responded to the area of the Pleasant Street and Phoenix Street intersection around 3 a.m. where they found a 22-year-old man bleeding from injuries to his upper chest, and possibly his stomach. There were at least three 911 calls reporting an altercation, Danny MacPhee, Bridgewater's deputy chief of police, told LighthouseNOW.

In a news release, the Bridgewater Police Service said the victim's injuries were "consistent with being stabbed with an edged weapon" but "no weapon was recovered at scene."

Police describe the man's injuries as "serious." He was assessed and treated at the scene and taken by paramedics to South Shore Regional Hospital. Further details were not immediately available.

The victim hasn't been of immediate help to the police in terms of filling-in-the-blanks as to what led up to the incident due to the extent of his injuries, MacPhee said.

"We believe there were multiple people who would have seen [the altercation] and it's also possible there's video surveillance in the general area, but maybe not right at the location where it happened."

There is no concern for public safety. The parties involved are believed to be known to one another.

"There were other people present and we're tracking down and taking statements from them," MacPhee added. "It definitely doesn't seem like it's a random incident."

Police dog Davis and his handler, Cst. Morgan Gibson, conducted an article search in the area but it didn't yield anything of evidentiary value except for confirmation of where the altercation took place.

Authorities, early on, hadn't identified any suspects. As of the time of this writing, no suspect descriptions were available. There have been no arrests, nor charges filed.

"We have identified someone who was there [who] would be a witness [but] not involved," MacPhee explained.

Anyone with information about the file is asked to contact the Bridgewater Police Service or Crimestoppers.

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