Police Investigating Violent Harvard Square Attacks

CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – Police are investigating a pair of violent assaults within 15 minutes of each other in Cambridge’s Harvard Square late Saturday night.

Around 10:30 p.m. a man was crossing Eliot Street at Bennett Street when he was approached from behind.

The victim was grabbed and stabbed in the back of the head. He suffered a non-life threatening injury and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Police say the suspect was with two other people when the incident happened.

About 15 minutes later, an Arlington man who was leaving work and walking toward JFK Park was stabbed in the back and punched in the face by a man who was with a group of three other people.

The second victim refused medical attention.

“It is such a heavily trafficked area, and there are people here at all times of the night so it is really surprising,” said one woman.

Cambridge Police described the suspect in both attacks as a black man about 6-feet tall with a medium build.

In the first attack, the suspect was described as having afro-style hair.

“I wouldn’t presume that this is necessarily crime, it could be somebody that is mentally unstable,” said Cambridge resident Temple Fennell. “We all have to be thoughtful and mindful of our own safeness and our friends, and family and even our strangers, that we are in the community with.”

Police are not sure what weapon was used in either attack.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cambridge Police at (617) 349-3300.

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  1. challenger392 says:

    Cambridge Police described the suspect in both attacks as a black man

    I didn’t even have to read to the ends of that sentence to know who was attacking& trying to kill white people..

    1. SO instead of the knock out game they are now playing the slash a white guy game. Nothing to see here folks move along.

    2. jwdavis1957 says:

      “Suspect six ft tall, med build with an afro-style haircut”. No race noted in the news video. Maybe Asian, or Irish, perhaps a leprechaun. And no description of the victims at all. So it was two Anglos attacked by a black dude. That’s kinda rare.

  2. I wouldn’t presume this is a mentally unstable person either. It could just be a criminal.

    1. It is a crime regardless of the possibility of mental illness playing a role. …talk about neo-Marxist ideas.

    2. Jtom Carr says:

      The attacker was part of a group. First, unstable mentally ill people don’t roam in groups, or even one within a ‘normal’ group. Secondly, let’s say they did. No one in the group tried to stop him, offer help, or report it to the police? They really need to stop insulting our intelligence with their attempt to protect the violent class.

  3. Dave Smith says:

    must be a black nationalist hate crime

  4. “‘I wouldn’t presume that this is necessarily crime, it could be somebody that is mentally unstable,’ said Cambridge resident”

    Why get such a useless statement from a random “resident”? What do the police think? At least one of the attacks was “by a man who was with a group of three other people.” A mentally unstable “somebody” with his three murderous friends? Sound unlikely.

  5. Cam Kirmser says:

    “‘I wouldn’t presume that this is necessarily crime, it could be somebody that is mentally unstable,’ said Cambridge resident Temple Fennell.”

    You mean an Obama voter?

    Hmm. Though Obama voters are decidedly mentally unstable, I suggest that stabbing someone constitutes a CRIME, regardless of the attacker’s mental state or lack thereof.

  6. John Pepin says:

    Why so much opinion and so little information? What did the attacker look like, what did the people he or she was with look like, was the attacker a male or female, were the victims alone, etc…

    I would rather get information, rather than opinion, but I guess I am old fashioned that way… I like to think for myself.

  7. Of course it’s not a crime…… it’s a jig perpetrator, so how could it possibly be a crime?? lol lol lol Sure glad I don’t live there!

  8. Todd Thomas says:

    “I wouldn’t presume that this is necessarily crime, it could be somebody that is mentally unstable,” said Cambridge resident Temple Fennell.

    What a nitwit….

  9. Tony Konte says:

    So mentally stable people commit crimes and sometimes unstable people commit crimes so they are not sure if the person is stable or not??. A CRIME IS A CRIME regardless of the mental condition of the perp and in my book people are all mentally unstable when the commit a crime! how many stable people commit crimes, at least they are temporarily unstable at the time of the crime.

    Why is that comment even in the article.

  10. Another Obama Son makes his name being a feral democrat.

  11. One classic example of the Liberal media using race to manipulate the minds of the viewers, is whenever a black commits a crime of violence they always assign a black reporter to do the on air reporting, so as to counter any negative images that the black perp may have cast on the viewers perceptions of black people, with positive images of an honest hard working black person doing their job.

  12. Kelley Eidem says:

    Sheesh! It wasn’t necessarily an invitation to a wedding either. Why didn’t he mention it could be a wedding invitation, or a birthday party invitation? Those two options would make just as much sense.

  13. If liberals were stabbed, then this is a super funny story!!!

  14. Hey, hey, hey, y’all come down to Texas and see us, hear?

  15. Dave Fay says:

    Wait a minute, if a “mentally unstable” attacks you, it’s not a crime??? Just what is it then? Part of their therapy?

  16. Les Chang says:

    I certainly hope they were using registered knives.

  17. —-“I wouldn’t presume that this is necessarily crime, it could be somebody that is mentally unstable,”

    Do you know how statistically stupid that statement is? Or, it could be that this guy was running to show this man is new knife and he tripped and fell into the back of his head. So, let’s not jump to any conclusions because literally *anything* is possible.

  18. Wow! An actual description. Usually we’re told it was a “teen” or “teens.”

  19. Racial hate crime or more fun with immigrants

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