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Suspect Nabbed Quickly After Stabbing, Robbing Woman In Stamford

39-year-old Donell Blake was arrested in connection with a stabbing in Stamford.
39-year-old Donell Blake was arrested in connection with a stabbing in Stamford. Photo Credit: Stamford Police Department

STAMFORD, Conn. — The 39-year-old male suspect who robbed and stabbed a woman just a few blocks from the downtown Stamford train station was apprehended within minutes on Monday afternoon, police said.

At 2:28 p.m. Monday, the Stamford police Patrol Division was dispatched to the rear of 67 Henry St. for a woman stabbed in the chest, Lt. Diedrich Hohn said in a statement. Officers arrived within a minute and started rendering medical aid to the victim, Hohn said.

The 29-year-old Stamford woman had been stabbed four times in the upper torso and was bleeding badly, he said. 

The victim’s cousin was at the scene and gave a description of the suspect, saying he goes by the name of “Lucky” and was wearing a red shirt, jean shorts, and a hat, Hohn said. 

The victim kept screaming in pain and said the suspect asked for the money and stabbed her after she said that she did not have any, Hohn said. The suspect took her wallet and fled toward Washington Boulevard, he said.

Information on the suspect was broadcast to officers, and a short time later Officer Eric Soderholm saw a man fitting the description walking on Pulaski Street, Hohn said. 

The man, identified as 39-year-old Donell Blake, was detained and positively identified by the witness, Hohn said.

A canvass of the area turned up the victim’s wallet and the suspect's red shirt, which he had attempted to discard, he said. 

The victim was transported to Stamford Hospital, where she was treated for four non-life-threatening stab wounds, Hohn said. 

Blake was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and first-degree assault. He was held on $500,000 appearance bond.

"This was an example of excellent police work by Officer Soderholm and numerous officers from A Squad, which led to the arrest of a violent suspect, with a lengthy criminal history, all within of five minutes of the call being given out," Hohn said.

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