Stabbing in Westhampton leads to police search for suspect

  • A State Police helicopter uses a light to search for a man involved in an alleged stabbing Friday night on Northwest Road in Westhampton. GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Police search for a man involved in an alleged stabbing Friday night on Northwest Road in Westhampton. GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Police stand watch at 32 Northwest Road in Westhampton Friday night after a man involved in an alleged stabbing fled the scene. GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

Published: 10/20/2017 10:51:30 PM


WESTHAMPTON — Police are searching for a suspect in the reported stabbing of a man at a construction site at 32 Northwest Road Friday afternoon.

The victim suffered nonfatal injuries and was walking and talking when emergency personnel arrived around 5 p.m., Westhampton Police Chief Dave White said. The victim was transported to a hospital, though White declined to identify which hospital.

“It’s completely abnormal for Westhampton,” White said. “We’ll do our best to work with our mutual aid to solve this.”

Neighbors Diane and Edward Thornton identified the victim as the son of the owner 32 Northwest Road where a home is under construction. The Thorntons happened to be outside when the victim walked across the street covered in blood in search of help.

“It kind of looked like the ‘Walking Dead’ you know, with all the blood coming off of his forehead,” Diane Thornton said. “I wasn’t even sure I was seeing blood because I just didn’t expect it.”

Diane Thornton called 911 from her home at 25 Northwest Road while Edward Thornton gave the victim a cloth to stop the bleeding.

“We thought he had just gotten injured in a construction accident,” Edward Thornton said.

The Thorntons said that the victim told them that the alleged attacker used a pocket knife stolen from the his car prior to entering the house. After the attack, he stole the victim’s shoes and cellphone and escaped into the woods, according to the Thorntons’ account.

Police at the scene were dusting the victim’s car for fingerprints.

White said the victim was “walking and talking” when an ambulance arrived on scene.

White said at least 10 officers responded to the call, as well as one K-9 unit and a helicopter assisted in the search. Backup was called from the Williamsburg and Huntington police departments, and Massachusetts State Police. After arriving on scene, State Police took over the search.

As of 10 p.m., the search was ongoing and the alleged suspect had not been caught, White said. He referred further questions to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.

The Thorntons said that they have noticed a heavier police presence in their neighborhood in light of increased break-ins in the area.

“We’ve lived here since 1979 and we’ve never had any problems in this town, it’s just intensifying,” Diane Thornton said. “Break-ins have been happening more frequently.”

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