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Man stabbed repeatedly on Boston Common; suspect quickly arrested

Stabbing suspect on the ground

Suspect on the ground. Photo by Live Boston.

Live Boston reports (with some graphic images) a man was stabbed numerous times on the Common along Tremont Street across from Avery Street around 3 p.m.

Police quickly arrested a man with the same prominent tattoos on his face and arms that witnesses had described, about a block from the scene, on the same unique BMX bicycle witnesses also recalled.

The victim, stabbed in the chest, back, arm and leg, was taken to a local emergency room. Homicide detectives were initially called in due to the severity of his injuries, but quick medical attention saved his life.

Even before the stabbing, officers were beginning to flood the area on reports of a man standing on the Common trying to fight passersby - including one woman strolling with young children, whom he may have tried to choke. Police are investigating whether the stabbing victim had been the guy trying to fight people.

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i used to take my kids in to walk around on warm summer days like my father did with me when i was a kid. the last few years you could feel it getting more and more dangerous on all sections of the common. it used to be just one bad corner now it seems to be the whole place. we stopped going through DTX several years ago because with all the stores boarded up it just seemed like a place for drug addicts and mentally iill people to gather and harass people passing through. after today i don’t think i’ll be bringing my kids back in to walk around on beautiful days anymore. this city is in a steady decline. who’s going to save it?

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The city is in a steady decline? According to the BPD, crime is up 3% compared to last year, and far below the 5-year average. Crime in downtown is up 1% compared to last year, and again, well below the 5-year average. Citywide, homicides are less than half of the 5-year average.

Patches of the common and much of DTX can feel shady at times, but the likelihood of you being the victim of a crime just walking through these areas is negligible. This melodramatic fear mongering will only lead you to miss out on what Boston has to offer.

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I have a feeling that number will continue to rise when we compare year to year.

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5086f19ce4b0ad16ff15598d/t/629e41...

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I worked at DTX from 2012-2014. I don’t think it’s crazy to suggest that the common has gotten worse.

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I will rely on my anecdotal observations from 20 years ago!

DTX and the common are a love fest today compared to the 70s, 80s and 90s. So is the common, and just about every other area of the city.

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Maybe so, Tim.

I’m 37. I’ve lived around these parts for about 30 years. Two things are pretty obviously true here: (1) Boston used to be worse. (2) In some quality-of-life respects, Boston seems to be getting worse.

People don’t like being gaslit with numbers and being told not to trust their eyes.

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Gaslit with numbers and being told not to trust your eyes? It's simply statistical evidence contradicting your anecdotal experiences.

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No, it’s not.

It’s one metric, reported in a select way to yield the desired message.

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We know there’s always been crime, it’s a city. It the type of crime, location and randomness which is different.

Add in the fact people continue to get light sentencing.

Ya the city doesn’t feel as safe.

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Wrong. Boston has never been safer.

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Clearly written by someone who rarely goes downtown. We just went through a 2+ year-long pandemic (still going), and workers are only still in the first stages of returning back to downtown on a regular basis. It’s not declining, it’s recovering. It doesn’t need saving, it needs time. Take your Fox News urban crime conspiracies elsewhere. Boston is fine without them.

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Haha, says the guy commenting on a post about a guy stabbed in the middle of the day in the heart of downtown.

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7 am tuesday morning. starting a new job. is that the city/downtown/south end?

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Definitely not downtown

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i guess my point is that i’m in the city everyday. all parts.

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DTX is not as bad as it was in the pandemic. The park in summer has gotten gnarlier every year and it seems that only Shakespeare in the Park will motivate any kind of clean up of the place.

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Imagine going to the park to enjoy the day and you’re physically assaulted and Live Boston publishes gruesome photos of the traumatic event. Smh!

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Not to victim blame (nobody deserves to get stabbed), but the guy's definition of "going to the park to have a nice day" was apparently quite different than most people's.

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That whole area has been a mess for a long time. It's getting worse. Drug activity, fights and all kinds of criminal behavior is an all day, everyday occurrence.
Downtown Crossing (Washington Street and the side streets that run off of it) is a sad place. There is an abundance of vacant store fronts, drug addicts, homeless people and a noticeable number of mentally ill people. This is an area that should be a showcase for Boston. Instead, it's an area to bypass or avoid.
The mayor should take a very serious look at cleaning it up and restoring it to the place it used to be.
Happy Independence Day to everyone!

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Teens randomly assaulting people.

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Did they have informed consent from the survivor to take personal photos during someone's most vulnerable moments?* They don't legally need consent to photograph in a public place, but what does it add to the story other than shock value? Could they not have stuck with non-identifying, non-intimate photos of the person being loaded into the ambulance like most outlets do?

(*This is a rhetorical question. Someone can't consent to anything aside from life-saving treatment while bleeding on a stretcher after a sudden violent attack.)

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"Informed consent" is about medical procedures, not pictures. Whether the individual in question was capable of giving informed consent to the medical procedures is not apparent, and consent to have his picture taken in a public place is not required, as he has no expectation of privacy there.

It's also worth remembering that:

According to the multiple 911 callers, an EDP, or emotionally distressed person, was fighting random tourists and pedestrians who were walking through the park, at one point even attempting to choke out a female who was with her children.

That EDP is this bloody dude. You down with lady-chokers now, eeka?

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Just because it's legal, and just because the guy was the aggressor... still doesn't make it necessarily OK.

You could make a convincing argument for the public's right to know about the attacker's identity, and that would be worth considering. But I'm pretty sure a journalist could crop a photo to just the face if that were the reason for taking and publishing the photos.

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When you are in public, you can be photographed without permission.

Now, the ethics of running a photograph of the victim without permission is another issue, and a fair one to raise.

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Not to sound callous but this is part of city life, albeit the kind of life that we don't want in nicer parts of Boston.

For this person who was trying to hurt or kill people: Why? Is he susceptible to the o of violence that is part of the character of the US? Most folks are not; but in a nation where violence is praised as a means of settling scores or just as glamorous there will be folks who fall prey to that kind of thinking (e.g., sovereign nationalists and white supremacists).

Violence is part of human culture. So is compassion and kindness. Is it possible that the folks who are furthest on the edges of good psychological health are also reflections of what extremes our values include? That is including as a positive value violence? Don the Don and his cohorts make that part their philosophy: That violence, destruction and even death is a good thing.

I remember the personal history of Carravagio during his time in Rome it was illegal to carry swords at night. Why? Because people were killing each other!

What is more frightening is if the current majority of the Supreme Court's validation and support for our base instinct of violence (via guns) will result in more guns moving from hand to hand and ultimately more violence?

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The guy with the face tattoos going around stabbing random people is crazy. Just crazy. It’s not the fault of a president, the Supreme Court, sovergn nationalists, or white supremacy. Personal accountability exists and the blame should be placed on the attacker.

It’s amazing people are on here attempting to remove blame from the one who carried out the assault.

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The guy who was going around randomly attacking people was the guy who got stabbed, when he randomly attacked the wrong person.

As officers canvased the area for witnesses and evidence, they spoke with nuermous [sic] people all of who stated that the man who had been stabbed was actaully the agressor who the orginal call was made about

For future reference, if you want to get away with randomly attacking people, do not randomly attack the guy with the face tattoos. He will stab you.

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It's a pale reflection of what that today. The open drug dealing, fights on Winter St, in broad daylight, the mentally ill homeless all over, sad, pathetic thing to see daily. And I grew up in the city in bad, old days of the 1980s. The difference today is the glaring socioeconomic stratification. It's much more obvious today. Much of the middle-class families, even working class, have moved out. We now have gentrification, not necessarily a bad thing, and low income who are stuck. I was here working during the lockdown and it was dystopic. If you don't believe civil society can quickly collapse, you're deluding yourself. First thing is something has to be done to restore basic law & order

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I remember Lafayette Place, the failed downtown shopping center from the 1980s.

And yes, I wish the area had Woolworths, Jordan Marsh, and Filene’s again, but the generation before me can reminisce about the 1940s and 1950s, when the area was really booming. Compared to then, the downtown of your 1990s was dead and pretty scary.

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Sigh.

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The Borders location is currently a Walgreens.

Though I do miss Borders. In general. And it's sad that Barnes & Noble looks like its on its way out of existence as well.

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