Man looking for drugs ended up stabbed, beaten; suspect arrested

Stephen Thomas of Springfield charged with assault, armed robbery

Stephen Thomas, 55, of Springfield (pictured) is accused of stabbing, beating, and robbing a man who approached him looking for drugs. Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A man who approached two strangers on a street corner looking for drugs ended up being stabbed, beaten with bricks, and robbed, Springfield police say.

Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that Stephen B. Thomas, 55, of Springfield, is charged with armed robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the attack at High and School Streets early Thursday morning.

According to Delaney, police were called to Mulberry Street just after 4:30 A.M. for a report of a stabbing victim. Once there, they found a 25 year-old man with a stab wound to the back. While the officers were performing first aid and waiting for the ambulance to get there, the victim told them that he had gone to the corner of High and School Streets, where he went up to two men on the corner, and asked them where he could buy drugs.

Delaney says the two men attacked the 25 year-old; hitting him with bricks, stabbing him, and stealing the $60 he was going to use to buy the narcotics. The victim escaped to Mulberry Street, where he called the police.

The victim was brought to the hospital, and is expected to survive.

As the police officers were leaving the hospital, Delaney says they saw a man (identified as Thomas) who matched a description given by the victim. They took Thomas inside the hospital, and showed him to the victim, who identified him as one of his attackers.

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