Arrest warrants out for suspects in UMass stabbing

Cedar Dell apartments on UMass Dartmouth campus. (Photo: Sean Daly/WPRI 12)

DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI) — UMass Dartmouth Police are investigating after a student was stabbed during an altercation in his Cedar Dell apartment.

The incident happened around 11:23 p.m. Thursday and eyewitnesses at the scene also reported that a firearm was displayed. However, investigators now say they believe the weapon was a pellet gun.

Campus police said Friday night they’ve obtained arrest warrants for two people in connection with the stabbing. They’re working with area police departments in an effort to bring them into custody.

When emergency responders arrived the victim was conscious and alert. The victim, who police only identified as a 20-year-old man, was taken to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment. According to UMass police, the victim was in stable condition as of noon Friday.

Police said they are treating this case as an isolated incident and are confident the campus is secure with no imminent threat. They also said they are pursuing several active leads and have “several persons of interest.

“This is not a random act. More than likely it involved drugs. I may have involved money. We’re still investigating,” said Chief Emil Fioravanti, UMass Dartmouth Police.

Police said newly installed surveillance cameras in the Cedar Dell area are “proving helpful to the investigation,” adding investigators believe the suspects left campus in a dark car immediately following the altercation.

Massachusetts State Police are also assisting in the investigation.

Anyone with information concerning this crime or any suspicious behavior should immediately contact DPS a 508-999-9191 or fill out a confidential form online.

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