Man stabbed in Wakefield home; suspect sought
WAKEFIELD, Mass. (WHDH) -- Police are looking for a man who tried to break into a Wakefield home.
A 55-year-old man was stabbed while standing in the doorway of his home trying to fight back against the intruder.
“I saw him come out on stretcher and the fireman said he got stabbed twice,” said Stephen Nardone, a neighbor.
Neighbors said it was quiet on their block Tuesday morning, but around 11 a.m. that changed in a split second.
“I was in the house and I happened to walk through the room and I said, ‘Oh, a cruiser just showed up’ -- a town cruiser and then another one came and then pretty soon the ambulance showed up,” said Warren Cotty, a neighbor.
The suspect took off running, which prompted police to bring in search dogs and a state police helicopter.
Wakefield police won’t say if this incident was an attempted burglary, but they said the suspect got away with a small amount of money. Officers don’t believe the suspect randomly picked the home.
“We’re pretty confident it is not random, for some reason we ted to believe that this house may have been -- may have been -- targeted. The community is safe. The neighborhood is safe,” said Chief Rick Smith of the Wakefield Police Department.
Neighbors said seeing all the police activity on their block is unusual.
“It’s a very quiet, safe neighborhood. I was walking my dog this morning at 7 a.m. and there wasn’t a soul around. It was very calm and peaceful. I’m not afraid to walk around here,” said a neighbor.
There were a few other people home at the time, but they were not hurt. The victim has non-life threatening injuries.
Officers collected several bags of evidence. They said they recovered the knife, but the search continues for the suspect.