UPDATE: Man Was Not Stabbed in Arnold Arboretum Monday

The incident happened near the lilac collection, but was not a stabbing, police say.

UPDATE, Tuesday, 11:51 a.m. — Police say there was no stabbing in this incident. The initial call came in as a stabbing, but the facts of the case don't support that description. Here is a .


Police say they are investigating a stabbing in the Arnold Arboretum this morning.

They were not able to provide any additional information but Patch received information from a JP resident that the stabbing happened around 8:40 a.m. near the lilac collection, between the Forest Hills and Centre Street entrances.

The victim, a man, was taken away by ambulance, according to the tip.

[Editor's note: I've changed the headline in the Tuesday update to reflect that it was not a stabbing.]

Rich L September 03, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Maybe there's a good reason for it, but it's frustrating to say the least how limited the information from BPD is when things like this happen. I live very close to the Arboretum and could be there with my infant daughter. Was the guy caught? Did the perpetrator and victim know each other? Should I avoid the Arboretum for now? All incredibly useful information, but silence as usual from the BPD.
Chris Helms (Editor) September 04, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Hi Rich, thanks. Turns out there was no stabbing. I've updated this post with a link to the new information.
jeem September 05, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Still confusing. They thought he had been stabbed, then it turns out that he wasn't. Anything in particular that led them to initially believe it was a stabbing? And what was it that made them realize that it wasn't a stabbing?
Chris Helms (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Hi jeem, it's often the case that early descriptions of police calls turn out to be wrong. A call for a burglary could be a homeowner breaking into her own house; someone could by lying about their injuries, witnesses could have thought they saw things they didn't, etc. Hope that helps.


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