Police seek 2 suspects in vicious late-night stabbing


SOMERSET, Mass. (WPRI) — Police in Somerset say they are now looking for two people wanted in connection with a stabbing they believe was the result of a botched drug deal.

Eyewitness News was on the scene Sunday night on Wilbur Avenue after a woman called police, stating her boyfriend had been stabbed. From what police have pieced together so far, the victim returned to the scene of the failed drug deal to retrieve some items.The suspects were still there and attacked the man.

Emergency crews took the victim, identified as Michael Habib, to Rhode Island Hospital with life-threatening injuries. At last check, he was listed in good condition, according to a spokesperson for Lifespan.

Somerset stabbing victim Michael Habib (Photo: Somerset Police Department)
Somerset stabbing victim Michael Habib (Photo: Somerset Police Department)

“We are still on the lookout for the suspects. We have possible identification of one, one of the suspects made by a Fall River police officer, so we will be searching for that person,” said Somerset Police Chief George McNeil.

Police initially said they were looking for three or four suspects. However, McNeil said investigators now believe there are only two.

Habib, 35, of Somerset, is known to police and has a criminal record, McNeil confirmed Monday.

Police are reviewing surveillance video from businesses in the area. The chief said there is a significant amount of blood at the crime scene and one of the suspects was also injured in the altercation.

“We’re just going by video surveillance right now, there weren’t really a lot of eyewitnesses to what occurred so we’re pulling video from all the buildings in the area,” McNeil added.

Samantha Sugerman and Tyler Unwin contributed to this report.

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