Pawtucket man arrested after stabbing brother-in-law

Severino Martinez

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) – Pawtucket police responded to a report of a stabbing on Newport Ave shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Upon arrival, officers found a 31-year-old male victim with non-life-threatening stab wounds to his head.  The victim was transported to Rhode Island Hospital.

Witnesses say an altercation broke out between the victim and his brother-in-law, Leonaldo G. Severino Martinez, 23, over their cat and dog.

Severino Martinez reportedly fled the scene on foot, and later turned himself in.  He admitted to striking his brother-in-law with a pocket knife because he did not like the way his brother-in-law was treating his cat.

Severino Martinez is being charged with Domestic Felony Assault and Domestic Disorderly Conduct.  He is scheduled to be arraigned in court Tuesday afternoon.

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