Home­less man faces charges in stab­bing

Sentinel & Enterprise - - FRONT PAGE - By Cliff Clark cclark@sen­tinelanden­ter­prise.com

The sus­pect al­legedly stabbed an­other home­less man over a woman.

A home­less man spent three days in the hos­pi­tal in May af­ter be­ing stabbed in a dis­pute over a woman by an­other home­less man un­der the Lau­rel Street bridge, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

Just be­fore mid­night on April 29, a po­lice of­fi­cer was called to the Lau­rel Street bridge area and spoke with the 54-year-old vic­tim, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port of the in­ci­dent.

While the of­fi­cer was speak­ing to the vic­tim, he could see the man was bleed­ing from a cut on his hand.

The of­fi­cer then asked the vic­tim if he had been stabbed any­where else and the vic­tim pulled back his jacket and the of­fi­cer saw sev­eral holes in his cloth­ing and a blood stain near his ribs, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port.

An­other of­fi­cer ar­rived and ques­tioned the vic­tim, who then iden­ti­fied his as­sailant as Lau­rence G. Kelly, 33, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

The vic­tim told po­lice that Kelly was com­plain­ing “about some­thing” and took out a knife and cut him.

The vic­tim also told po­lice that he didn’t fight back be­cause he didn’t want to go to prison.

The vic­tim was then trans­ported to UMass Me­mo­rial Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Worces­ter for treat­ment, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port.

About an hour later, Kelly was found be­hind ZEDA’S Pizza and taken into cus­tody for a pro­ba­tion vi­o­la­tion.

While in cus­tody, Kelly told of­fi­cers he didn’t know what they were talk­ing about when they asked about the stab­bing.

De­spite that, of­fi­cers ap­plied for a sum­mons to have Kelly ap­pear in court on a charge of as­sault and bat­tery with a dan­ger­ous weapon, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port.

Af­ter be­ing re­leased from the hos­pi­tal, in­ves­ti­ga­tors made sev­eral at­tempts to speak to the vic­tim. When they fi­nally spoke with him by phone, he told them “street justice al­ways wins” and that it was all a mis­un­der­stand­ing over Kelly’s girl­friend and that he didn’t want to press charges, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port.

While Kelly was sum­monsed to dis­trict court on Mon­day, he didn’t ap­pear and a war­rant for his ar­rest was is­sued, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

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