Police say two stabbings are unrelated

By: Patty McAlpin Lincoln News Messenger
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Connections between a R street-area stabbing in March and a nearby stabbing after midnight Tuesday at a mobile home park on O Street are that the suspects knew the victims and both victims are telling police they don’t know who the suspects are, according to Police Sgt. Kevin Klemp on Tuesday. “These victims were targeted specifically by the suspects,” Klemp said. “These were not random stabbings.” Lincoln Interim Police Chief Paul Shelgren said robbery was not the motive in Tuesday’s stabbing but “some type of disagreement or argument that led up to the stabbing.” The Lincoln resident stabbed in the stomach at his Sunset Villa Mobile Home Park trailer on O Street between First and Third streets after midnight Tuesday is at a local hospital recovering, according to Lincoln Police Department Sgt. Matt Alves. Alves said the victim’s name will not be released “just yet.” The police department received a call from a neighbor about an incident at 12:26 a.m. Tuesday at 152 O St., the Sunset Villa Mobile Home Park, according to Alves. “When we arrived, a 46-year-old man said he had been confronted on the front porch of his trailer by three unidentified subjects wearing black coats and sweatshirts,” Alves said. Klemp said the suspects are described as three Caucasian males, all with slender build, wearing black clothing with hoodies on their heads. “Words were exchanged and, all of a sudden, the victim was stabbed in the stomach with an unknown object,” Alves said. “The subjects immediately left after that.” Alves said the man was taken by ambulance to a hospital. He does not know the extent of the man’s injuries. Thus far, Alves said no witnesses have come forward. Klemp said Tuesday’s stabbing was an isolated incident not related to gang activity unlike the incident in March where a 17-year-old Lincoln male was found stabbed in the area of 3rd and R streets. Shelgren said the March incident was gang-related. No arrests have been made in the two stabbings. Alves said anyone who witnessed anything is asked to call Lincoln Police Department at 645-4040.