The Wilson Times

Saturday, December 29, 2012 1:12 AM

Wilson man stabbed in stomach
Police seek information in early Friday attack

By Corey Friedman | Times Online Editor

Police are working to find out who stabbed a man in the stomach near his Wilson home early Friday.

Officers arrived at the 400 block of Bragg Street around 3:10 a.m. to find 34-year-old Damien Watkins of 409 Bragg St. N.E. suffering from a stab wound to his abdomen.

Police searched the neighborhood with flashlights in an effort to determine where the stabbing occurred.

"They’re looking for a knife, blood or anything to establish a crime scene,” Wilson Police Sgt. Chuck Creech said at the scene.

Paramedics drove Watkins to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for emergency care. Police didn’t believe his injuries were life-threatening.

Officers spoke to a woman in a white hooded jacket who accompanied Watkins to the hospital in the ambulance.

Watkins told police that a person he didn’t know walked up to him on Gold Street, stabbed him and then ran away, according to police spokesman Sgt. John Slaughter.

Two police officers shone flashlight beams on the porch of a Bragg Street house and one knocked on the front door in a series of loud raps. A person opened the door and the two officers disappeared inside for several minutes.

Police scoured the area for a Chevrolet Malibu, which officers and dispatchers described as a possible suspect vehicle.

Creech said police hadn’t established a motive for the stabbing. Officers were investigating conflicting accounts of the event early Friday.

Watkins has a history of criminal convictions in Wake County, according to the N.C. Division of Adult Correction. He was released from prison in January 2011 after serving a 1-year, 8-month sentence on 2009 larceny and larceny over $1,000 charges.

In 2007, Watkins served a 3-month prison sentence on an assault on a female conviction in Wake County. He did a 6-month stint in 2006 after being convicted of Level 3 driving while impaired.

Watkins also has been convicted of felony breaking and entering, larceny from the person and operating a motor vehicle without a license in Wake County, state prison records show.

Anyone with information on the stabbing is asked to call the Wilson Police Department at 399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 243-2255. | 265-7821

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