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UPDATE: Reports of a Stabbing Near Stony Brook

Reports a person has been stabbed following a knife fight in the area.

UPDATE, Monday, 4:15 p.m. — State Police say the knife attacker failed to cut his victim. For more, please see this follow-up story.

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Following initial reports of a stabbing in the Stony Brook area, Boston Police say they received a call about a person with a knife in the area. The call came in just before 4:20 p.m. Sunday afternoon. 

According to reports, two men are now in custody. A foot search is on for a possible third suspect.

The area near Stony Brook is full of people today celebrating , which honors Boston's ties to the Dominican city of Baní. That isn't to say the festival and the stabbing are connected, merely that both events took place in the same area.

Jamaica Plain Patch will bring you more information as it becomes available. 

emoney July 23, 2012 at 04:02 AM
tu ves con estos dominicanos no se puede hacer nada..ratones
William Brokhof July 23, 2012 at 10:17 AM
I'm not sure the previous statement (emoney) is fair but this festival needs to be discussed. Not only would I like to know the circumstances behind the stabbing and if the victim is okay, but also what measures should be taken to mitigate this behavior. I was working at my home adjacent to the festival and made several visits to the festival. I saw a lot of alcohol consumption and the liquor store on Boylston had tons of festival goers buying and consuming right in front. Also the noise levels, trash and traffic need to be addressed. This is not the right location for this decibel level if you ask me. The traffic afterwards took more than an hour to subside because of all the "cruising" SW corridor loop. Stereos booming way beyond normal levels. Having police helicopters cruising overhead really sucks for our neighborhood. This gang banging has got to stop. I was surprised the festival was not stopped on the spot or at least you would think the police would crack down on the drinking. It was blatant and everywhere. Maybe too many to crack down on... In general I'm a proponent of the festivals, but if they are to use this space they should be kind to neighbors, protect the public safety and pick up better afterward including the abutting streets which get trashed.
Chris Helms (Editor) July 23, 2012 at 10:22 AM
For those of you who don't read Spanish, the above means, "You see, you can't do anything with those Dominicans...Rats." And, I'll note as editor, I do not know if the stabbing had anything to do with the festival. I'm hoping to learn more from police this morning.
William Brokhof July 23, 2012 at 10:31 AM
In reading my post again I also want to say my response to emoney was meant to be understated. I do not agree with his/her statement in any way.
Pat Roberts July 23, 2012 at 01:18 PM
William, I agree with you. I also was very surprised that the festival continued after this stabbing. How easy would it have been for the suspect to lose himself (or herself) in the crowds? Most of the big festivals in the summer (Caribbean festival, Dominican festival, Puerto Rican festival) take place in Franklin Park. You can still hear their loud music in our neighborhood, but it's not so intrusive and so not so disruptive.. Also, Franklin Park has more space for a big festival than that small area next to Stony Brook T stop. On the public drinking and cars cruising the neighborhood with loud music, the police have become very active in discouraging that activity for the three big festivals. Let's hope they include this one in their attention in the future. We all share this neighborhood, and it's not fair for one small group of residents to make everyone's life unpleasant. The laws are there for everyone, and they are intended to create an environment that we can all live in peacefully and safely.
Juicy Jim July 23, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Imagine if the hippies drank alcohol openly at the Wake Up The Earth fest at the same location, the police would arrest everyone drinking and shut the festival down immediately. Why are there two sets of rules for different groups of people?
JPeet July 23, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I walked down the corridor path this morning and couldn't believe the amount of trash left behind after the festival yesterday. And this was after the larger bits of debris were blown into a pile for removal last night. The grass is now covered with plastic, paper, and food debris that escaped the blowers, and--what's worse--the grassy areas are littered with metal bottle caps from beer bottles. (A discarded Corona bottle cap will leave a nice mark in your foot). A neighbor last night remarked on the different state of affairs following the Earth Fest versus last night's festival. It's really a shame that some have so little regard for the value of green public space and the right of others to enjoy it.
William Brokhof July 23, 2012 at 11:57 PM
As an abutted this is an important discussion and I believe there are simple solutions to include all who wish to use the park. I just think the rules need to be standardized with neighbor input, there needs to be accountability and a point person for complaints. Also, I think it is important not to pigeon hole or name call. I know for a fact there were very few "hippies" at the earth fest. One thing that bothers me has to do with inclusion. When you go to WOTE or the Bikes Not Bombs festivals you see a fair mix of folks and certainly ALL are invited. They are promoted to the community as a whole. I saw nothing prior to the Banilejo Festival to promote the event to JP. Why don't the organizers invite the public and introduce them to the culture of Bani so people can begin to understand each other? The food smelled great... I walked through the festival about three times. I was one of maybe a handful of non-Latin attendees (beside the police) and drew many looks. There were I would guess over 1000 people there. This sort of implied us and them ethos is what causes racism. There needs to be a standardized noise policy as well. There needs to be consistent monitoring with standardized equipment. The noise levels are simply way to loud. Has anyone learned who was stabbed and if they are okay? Motives?
Chris Helms (Editor) July 24, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Hi Will, yes, I've updated the story. Turns out not to have been a stabbing (the guy with the knife missed his victim.) Check out the new link in the story for details.
Richard July 24, 2012 at 05:39 AM
What a wonderful, and apparently peaceful, (except for possibly one incident) it was. I think it would be great, if local residents reach out to the organizers of the event, and discuss, calmly the issues around trash removal and containment. Frankly, I think it's great when attendees at a festival are allowed to drink, enjoy loud music ( it was Sunday afternoon for God;s Sake) and be joyful. And please, I drove through the area, and yes, traffic was slow, but hell, it was one day, and traffic during Wake Up The Earth is no picnic. Let's encourage more groups to use the Stonybrook site for festivals, but encourage dialouge with them over litter.
Patty July 24, 2012 at 09:19 AM
There was NO stabbing first of all, just a bunch of teenage boys behaving recklessly. The boys began to argue across the st. From stony brook and walked to the side of the station and began to fight. I saw it as I walked by and the police responded within seconds nothing happened. And the "Convite Banilejo" isn't necessarily a festival but rather a sort of retreat calling out to all "banilejos" natives of a small town in the south of Dominican Republic. It's an event organized by the group "banilejos unidos en el exterior" aka banilejos united in the exterior. They do it once a year to bring the people of this small Dominican town together and celebrate their roots. They do them all the time in DR. It's a nice way to get a sense of being in the homeland for many of those who cannot afford to see their families or return to their country. You go you sit you see people you haven't seen in years, you reminisce, you eat you drink you dance and you just enjoy the little joys of DR. It's welcomed to all who want to learn about the Dominican culture but it's target audience is bringing this community together is all... And traffic wasnt ridiculous nor was the music, I was there and could barely hear it from amory st. I live in the neighborhood and the only trouble was finding parking between 12-6pm but that's understandable. If you disagree with the way it's organized by all means reach out to the group, no ones keeping you from it!
donna c. July 24, 2012 at 04:47 PM
So much for the gentrification of the Jamaica Plain! Nothing is going to change when it comes to the lower income population (which is abundant) in Jamaica Plain. Reason? Cultural. Violence is a traditional, big part of the culture and mentality. With it comes ignorance and not knowin how to act in public and to respect other people's property. Maybe we should move the festivals to the Whole Foods parking lot, and we'll just see how the gentrified welcome them with open arms!!
Elle C July 24, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Hi William, I agree with you about inclusion and publicizing an event like this more. I also did not see anything promoting the festival, so I was surprised to come home that day to closed roads. When I finally made it to my street, there were no parking spaces in the vicinity of my house (although I did find two girls STANDING in a parking space who would not move because they were "saving it"). I would have been a lot less frustrated if I had known to plan ahead. I'll happily take the inconvenience of festivals in Stony Brook park because it means I get to live in a diverse area where cool stuff is happening, but as a resident I would appreciate the courtesy of being included and knowing when they're happening.
Whit July 24, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Whether or not someone was actually stabbed or not, Will's concerns are all still completely valid. I
RICHARD WATSON July 25, 2012 at 05:22 AM
So much name calling, and stereotyping. If I didn't know better, I'd cry racism.
dz July 29, 2012 at 05:29 PM
CORONA bottle caps. I see what you did there. It's not sufficient to point out that some of the festival-goers exhibited bad behavior. (Which is entirely reasonable to point out. If you had just said "bottle caps," that would have been sufficient to make your point.) But you had to go and specify CORONA bottle caps, a subtle way of calling out the race of the people at the festival. Nice.
Bob from JP July 29, 2012 at 10:40 PM
DZ - get a life, not everything is about race. Fact is, the attendees of this festival left a ton of TRASH all over a public park, with no regard for those that would like to use the area after they left. Whether they are black, white, purple or orange is irrelevant. Get off your high horse.
Ajax July 30, 2012 at 04:19 AM
dz - I think its racist to assume that people who drink Corona are a particular race. I drink Corona - do you know what race I am? I was also disgusted by the trash left in the stonybrook common area after the festival. I saw the aftermath of the festival during an evening tennis game. I had no idea what the festival even was or even who was there. I only saw was trash and was upset by the lack of respect shown for the greens.
Javier Nieves July 31, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Did anyone experience any problems surrounding last weekend's PR festival? I found half a tostone and a chicken bone outside my million dollar condo. I'm not sure if some of the people who posted here are racist or simply ignorant. But the starting point was all wrong. First, thank you, Patty, there was NO stabbing. Secondly, when an ethnic group is called "ratones" that is definitely racism. Substitute "blacks, jews or gays" and they would have pulled this comment faster than you can say JP Patch. Instead, it's been translated for "those of you who don't read Spanish." One last thing: Speaking of bottlecaps, there was a piece recently on the PBS program "Need To Know" about how some poor desperate people who get caught crossing the border are mistreated by INS. Some of them are forced to kneel on bottlecaps. Count your blessings and get a life. By the way, the park is as clean as ever. Sorry if the happy music bothered you. Paz.
Chris Helms (Editor) July 31, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Thanks for the thoughtful comment, Javier. I left the "ratones" comment in because that commenter had been referring to the very very small group of drug dealers who happen to be Dominicans as "ratones" in other posts. But looking at it with fresh eyes, I can see that it looks to be applied to Dominicans in general. I'm giving "Emoney" the benefit of the doubt in this case, but you make a good point, Javier.
Ajax August 01, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Because I live in a million dollar condo I have no right to complain? Sounds like socio-economic discrimination to me. The common area was trashed and I was offended by the lack of respect guests showed for it. I'm sorry for not realizing that asking for someone to clean up after themselves could be considered racist.

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