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New Hampshire man stabbed, then arrested

A 24-year-old New Hampshire man who lives southwest of Rochester was recently arrested after being stabbed in the chest.

Police say the Nashua man is suspected of trying to rob the man who stabbed him on a Nashua street. The suspect is still in the hospital, police said, but he has been charged with felony robbery.

The stab wound is apparently not life-threatening.

Law enforcement officials believe the man who wielded the knife was on his way to a drug transaction with the suspect, and that he acted in self-defense.

Police said they believe the two men were walking on their way with a third man to a drug deal. The man with the knife reportedly began to have suspicions that he would be robbed during the transaction, so he walked away from his companions.

However, police said, the 24-year-old met up with the man with the knife at a nearby intersection. There, he allegedly began to assault the man with the knife in an attempt to steal money.

That’s when the weapon came out. The purported robbery victim is believed to have taken his knife and “poked it into the direction of (the 24-year-old’s) chest,” a police spokesperson said.

The man with the knife has not been charged with any crimes, but police said their investigation of the incident continues.

An experienced criminal defense attorney defending the suspect would also carefully look at all the evidence in this matter. In some situations, close examination of the facts will reveal that what appears at first glance to be a case of self-defense is in reality an assault. 

Source: New Hampshire Union Leader, “Man stabbed on Nashua street under arrest on robbery charge,” Kimberly Houghton, Feb. 5, 2014

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