UPDATE: Stabbing Outside Peabody Veterans Club Sends One Man to Hospital
The victim was taken to a Boston hospital with multiple stab wounds and police were still searching for the suspect on Monday. It does not appear to be a random act of violence.
According to police, the man was stabbed several times in the chest. He was treated at the scene and taken to Mass. General Hospital by ambulance. Police said his wounds did not appear to be life-threatening.
Detective Michael Crane, a spokesman for the department, said on Monday that the incident does not appear to be a random act of violence, but offered no motive at this time. He said the victim and his assailant appear to be acquainted.
Crane said police received a 911 call at approximately 10:43 p.m. Officers responding to the scene found a male lying in the parking lot at the Portuguese veterans club. They said there does not appear to be any indication the incident took place inside the building or had anything to do with the club.
The suspect, a 28-year-old Peabody resident, was described as a Dominican male, mid to late 20s and wearing a yellow shirt and shorts with green stripes. He is charged with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault to murder.
An alert was issued to area police departments to be on the alert for the suspect.
Police were still searching for that man on Monday -- no arrests have been made in the case yet -- and they said Sunday night he might still be armed with a knife. Crane said there were conflicting accounts on whether he fled by foot or if there was a getaway vehicle involved.
Peabody detectives were on scene Sunday night and state detectives assigned to the Essex County District Attorney's office were called in to assist.