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Police: There Was No Stabbing in Arboretum on Monday

Initial reports of a stabbing were not backed up by the facts after police investigated.

Police say an incident in the on Monday that came in as a stabbing in fact turned out not to be one.

"The victim suffered a slash wound in an altercation with a person known to him," said Police Officer James Kenneally.

A witness had told Patch the incident took place about 8:40 a.m. near the lilac collection.

Andy Pond September 04, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I know that reporting poses challenges and there is pressure to get a story out. But I am concerned about this peice of reportage. It caused me and my family (particularly my 14 year old son who walks out dog in the arb daily) some real anxiety. Was the report based on anything other than somebody tipping the reporter? Was there any confirmation? Please be cautious in the future.
Chris Helms (Editor) September 04, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Hi Andy, I understand your concerns. I'm sorry for the anxiety your family endured. We didn't run anything until it was confirmed by police. However, there were wires crossed between police and our editor who wrote the original story. The police say they just confirmed to her that there had been a call that came in as a stabbing. That's not the same as confirming a stabbing. In retrospect, we should have made that clear. Does that make sense? We'll certainly be cognizant of that in the future.
Maura September 05, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Suffering a slash wound from a known person is not exactly a comfort to me.
Jonathan September 05, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Still an awful lot less disconcerting than thinking there was possibly a random stabbing/armed robbery there.
Andy Pond September 05, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Thanks Chris, for the explanation. It does make sense and I appreciate the response. AP
Constance Cervone September 06, 2012 at 10:15 AM
While not a welcome incident, this news is a relief.

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