Boston police arrest suspect in late-night Mass and Cass stabbing

A stabbing went down in the heart of Mass and Cass, and Boston police say they quickly arrested a suspect.

Police were walking in the area of Southampton and Atkinson streets at around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday when, according to a police statement, they saw a bunch of people running from the area. At least one of the runners said someone had been stabbed and gave police a description of the suspect.

Police found Uwadiae Ukponmwan, 30, of Boston, in front of the Boston Fire Department headquarters and allegedly found a knife hidden in his right shoe. Ukponmwan was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and is expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court.

The stabbing victim was taken to a local hospital to be treated for injuries, which police say were not life threatening.

There have been 138 non-domestic aggravated assaults in this police district, C-06, from the beginning of this year through Sunday, according to the most recent data available from the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, or BRIC. That surpasses the five-year average of 127 for the same reporting period, but fewer than the 171 seen for the district for the same period last year.

Across all of Boston, the non-domestic aggravated assault charge is the most common violent crime with a total of 1,195 charges so far this year, 240 incidents fewer than the same period last year, which roughly matched the five-year average.

Rounding out city-wide violent crime:

There were 28 homicides — plus two that were determined to be homicides this year that occurred in earlier years — which matches the total for the same period last year. Both figures show improvement from the five-year average of 41.

There have been 631 instances of domestic aggravated assault so far this year, compared to 674 last year and 680 for the five-year average through Sunday.

There have been 154 incidents of rape or attempted rape so far this year, similar to last year’s 156 and 20-odd better than the 177 seen in the five-year average.

This is a developing story.

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