Police: 19-year-old in critical condition after Waterplace Park stabbing, juvenile in custody

As of Thursday afternoon, Maj. David Lapatin said the victim is still in critical condition.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Police said a 19-year-old man was stabbed multiple times near in Providence Wednesday night.

The stabbing happened at just before 10 p.m. near Memorial Boulevard. Providence police told ABC6 News the stabbing happened during a fight between a 19-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy.

Police said the 19-year-old was found under a bridge with multiple stab wounds to his neck and torso. He was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital.

Cmrd. Thomas Verdi told ABC6 investigators found a long, serrated kitchen knife at the scene.

The 15-year-old suspect originally fled towards Memorial Boulevard, but was soon caught by police. He is facing felony assault charges.

As of Thursday afternoon, Maj. David Lapatin said the victim is still in critical condition.

Mayor Jorge Elorza sent ABC6 a statement Thursday about the recent violence in the capital city, saying in part, “Each incident is different and often deeply complicated. As a community, we cannot allow this type of behavior and as a city.”

“We know we are better than this. I applaud the heroic work of the Providence Police Department in acting quickly in each of these incidents and working to ensure justice is served,” he added.

ABC6 News spoke with Cedric Huntley, the executive director of the Nonviolence Institute. Huntley noted the importance of being aware of the stressors that may push one to become violent, and make an impulsive decision.

“I think we just have to continue to do the work, to try to give people the language and skill set just to address when those stressors come up,” Huntley explained.

He mentioned the importance of knowing when to take a step back, and not react impulsively. “We like to teach young people to just recognize their environment they’re in and recognize some of those stressors at a lower level before it gets to a level of violence.”

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