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Apr 27, 1998

Youths stabbed in King’s Park

In crime news which did not appear on the police blotter, sources in King’s Park have told News Five that a group of youths from outside the area went on a violent rampage on Saturday night leaving one boy chopped and three others with multiple stab wounds. The first attack was said to have occurred near Taste’s Restaurant around nine when a young man was chopped by an unknown assailant with a machete. Around eleven four youths surrounded a boy on Fifth Street and stabbed him with a sharp object which may have been an ice pick. About a half hour later two friends were sitting near the basketball court at Lopez Mateos Park when they were attacked by four youths on bicycles. Both victims were stabbed repeatedly with what is believed to be the same weapon used in the earlier assault. One of them told News Five that his attacker said that he had a score to settle with someone in the area and whatever residents he could find would pay the price. All the victims were treated at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and later released. No arrests have yet been made. Coincidentally, as part of Tradewinds ’98 a team of CARICOM soldiers were today patrolling the King’s Park area in an exercise which simulated a response to a wave of break-ins into government buildings. In the process, we are told, a real thief was apprehended and turned over to police.

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