Heat fan accused of stabbing Celtics fan in Boston
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Boston Police are searching for a Miami Heat fan accused of stabbing a Celtics fan after Thursday night's game.
Witnesses say a group of Miami Heat and Celtics fans poured into an alleyway by the TD Garden and one of the Heat fans stabbed a Celtics fan with a switch blade-like knife.
Police arrived on scene and found the 22-year-old man with a stab wound on his right thigh. He was then rushed to the hospital.
"I think it's terrible when it goes over the line. It's great to be a fan of your team and all but violence and all that, that's not what sportsmanship is all about," said Brad Lyon, a Celtics fan.
Witnesses told police that two groups of about six people starting arguing over the outcome of Thursday night's game when the suspect, who was wearing Miami Heat clothing, pulled out a large knife and stabbed the victim.
The stabbing occurred along a fence near the TD Garden and Beverly Street.
Police are searching for the suspect. Anyone with information is urged to call the Boston Police.
The Boston Police Department issued the following release Friday.
At about 11:26pm, on Thursday, June 7, 2012, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for an assault on Causeway Street. While en-route, officers were advised that a person was stabbed and officers assigned to the Boston Garden Celtics-Heat Game were with the victim.
On arrival, officers observed the 22 year old, male victim, who was being treated by emergency medical technicians for what appeared to be a stab wound to his right thigh area. The victim was transported by to Mass General Hospital suffering from non-life threatening injuries.
Officers were advised the incident occurred on Beverly Street alongside a fence which divides the Boston Garden property and Beverly Street. Officers spoke with witnesses who were leaving the Celtics game and walking to a friend’s house and observed a group of 5-7 males and a few females were walking in their direction from the State Police Marine Base area. The groups became boisterous about the result of the Celtics game. The group including the suspect was wearing Miami Heat clothing. Witnesses stated to officers both groups started to argue loudly and the suspect brandished a large switch-blade style knife and assaulted the victim in the right thigh.
Officers broadcasted a description of the group and the suspect and to no avail.
The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call District A-1 detectives at (617) 343-4248.
Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of those who wish to remain anonymous.