Homeless man faces charges in stabbing
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.