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Police identify stabbing victim

January 26, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The police department is looking for information about a stabbing that claimed the life of a 28-year-old city man on Wednesday night.
The victim has been identified as Richard C. Cruz, of Pleasant Street.
According to Major Arthur Martins, Pawtucket Police were notified at around 8 p.m. of a male who had collapsed on the corner of Main Street and School Street. A passerby had noticed the man and made the call.
Upon the arrival of investigators and rescue personnel, they found a man lying unconscious on the sidewalk. The man had been stabbed several times, Martins said. He was transported to the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, where he was later pronounced dead.
Martins said that Cruz, who was single, had had some prior contact with police but nothing significant in the way of criminal activity. He said that detectives have been “working tirelessly” on the investigation, and that it is still very much “fluid and ongoing.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Pawtucket Police Department at 401-727-9100 and to ask for Detective Sgt. Winsor at extension 722 or Detective Doran at extension 742.

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