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




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.

corey@wilsontimes.com | 265-7821
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Well... said...

note to self, don't go walking down Gold Street after midnight.

Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 5:49 PM
.... said...

This is a bad sitution for the man that was hurt, and yes wilson was closer but sometimes the medics feel they can keep the victim stable and transport him to a trama center where he can get the help he needs right away and not have to wait in one ER just to get transported to another one anyway.

Monday, December 31, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Ted Nugent said...

Ban water and we will not have to worry about drownings.

Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 3:52 PM
Mack the Knife said...

Knife control is the ONLY answer. All Knives should be registered, with certain "EVIL" knives being banned altogether. Any opposition to this perfectly logical and sane solution is now, by definition, illogical and insane, and there is no further room for argument.

Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Grady said...

Ooops now we got to ban all knives!!

Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Here's the reason said...

Maybe the paper is trying to make a point that if you live a life of crime, you're more likely to have criminal activities happen to you. The old saying, "What goes around, comes around," means the same thing.

Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 11:05 AM Student of history said...

I suspect the paper is saying, perhaps unknowingly, that those with criminal records are the most likely to be victims of crime.
Why did paramedics take the victim to Greenville? Was Wilson Memorial closed?

Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 9:08 AM Mr. Real said...

Once again, the Wilson paper publishes the criminal record of the VICTIM when a crime has been committed. WHY do you keep doing this? Is the paper trying to say a crime is less significant if the victim happens to have a record?

Friday, December 28, 2012 at 5:35 PM
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