Stabbing suspect held for violating bail

Police said he stabbed a young man Tuesday while fighting with his ex-girlfriend

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — After police said he stabbed a young man Tuesday while fighting with his ex-girlfriend, Jumel Dwyer, 21, was held without bail Wednesday as a violator on prior charges.

Dwyer, of West Warwick, is accused of stabbing an 18-year-old man in the chest near the corner of Montgomery and Exchange Streets Tuesday afternoon about noon, after the woman and Dwyer had argued inside a nearby apartment. Police said the victim and Dwyer’s ex-girlfriend knew each other.

Dwyer’s court appearance on Wednesday morning revealed that the argument was over a car.

Police said Dwyer was angry at his ex-girlfriend after she asked him to give the car keys to two people outside the apartment. Dwyer said he acted out of self-defense.

Officers would not identify the victim as of Wednesday morning but said he was in “serious but stable” condition. It was not clear if the teen had been trying to intervene when he was stabbed, police said.

Dwyer is charged with felony assault regarding the man stabbed, and domestic simple assault and domestic disorderly conduct in regards to the incident with his ex.

He’s due back in court November 9 for a bail violation hearing.

Previous convictions include domestic assault in 2015 with a 60-day jail term, vandalism, and possession of a weapon that was not a firearm, receiving stolen goods, and larceny under $1500, according to the Rhode Island Judiciary’s website. He’s also still facing a drug possession charge from February of this year, and a credit card fraud charge from October 15.