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Police: Panhandler territory clash leads to stabbing

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Dean Natheos. Courtesy of The Cranston Police Department Dean Natheos. Courtesy of The Cranston Police Department

By: Rachael Perry

Email: rperry@abc6.com

Twitter: @RachaelABC6

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — A clash between two panhandlers led to a serious stabbing Monday night. 

According to the Cranston Police Department, it happened at the cross of Independence Way and Plainfield Pike around 7:30 p.m.

A  panhandler, who police said is known to frequent the area was working the median, when a another panhandler approached him. 

The second 'new' panhandler, identified as Dean Natheos, 51, wanted to work that same spot, but the first wouldn't budge. 

There was a fight, Cranston Police said. The fight led the the first getting stabbed. 

He suffered a significant puncture wound to the stomach, but his injuries were considered non life-threatening. 

Natheos had already fled the scene when police arrived. However, officers were able to track him down in Johnston where he was arrested. 

Police told ABC6 News during the time Natheos fled, he had ditched his knife and some of his clothes. 

Natheos is scheduled to appear in court on the following charges: 

  • Felony assault with a dangerous weapon.
  • Disorderly conduct. 

The identity of the first panhandler is being withheld at this time. 

No further information is available. 

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