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By Michael E. Xie, Crimson Staff Writer

The Cambridge Police Department arrested a homeless man, formerly from Arlington, for a stabbing in Harvard Square last Sunday night, hours after the close of the Head of the Charles Regatta.

Twenty-five year old Anthony Wall was taken into custody around 10 a.m. on Oct. 26 and will be charged with armed assault with intent to murder in Cambridge District Court. CPD picked him up at Palmer St. and Brattle St., near the Harvard Coop.

CPD responded to reports of a stabbing just before 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 near Church St. and Massachusetts Ave. At the time of response, the victim, a 30 year old homeless man, was uncooperative with the police investigation and stated that “he would be taking care of the situation himself,” the responding officers wrote in the police report. According to Jeremy Warnick, spokesperson for CPD, the two parties “were known to each other.”

The victim, who is also from Arlington, was hospitalized for “extensive internal injuries” possibly to the heart and lungs, which caused significant blood loss, police wrote in the report.

According to Warnick, the victim was in a stable condition last Monday after undergoing surgery.

On Thursday, CPD responded to reports of a possible fight on Church St. In an email to The Crimson, Warnick wrote that the incident was an unrelated verbal argument between two male parties and was quickly settled.

The police investigated a similar incident on Church St. in Mar. 2016, when a victim sustained a non-fatal stab wound to the lower abdomen after an argument escalated.

More recently, a local restaurant employee and Harvard Business School student were stabbed near John F. Kennedy Park early last month, in an unprovoked assault. The suspect has since been arrested and charged with two counts of armed assault to murder in Cambridge.

—Staff writer Michael E. Xie can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @MichaelEXie1.

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