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State Police investigate stabbing in JFK Park in Cambridge

A 20-year-old man was stabbed Sunday night in John F. Kennedy Park in Cambridge, according to State Police.

At about 8:55 p.m., State Police received a report of a man stabbed in the park, which is located on Memorial Drive a short walk from Harvard Square. Troopers from the Boston and Brighton barracks found the man, conscious and alert, with multiple stab wounds, being treated by EMS officials.

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Witnesses told police a male suspect — later identified as Nicolas Baker of Guilford, Vt. — approached the victim and some of his friends and muttered some comments about being robbed in Oregon before allegedly stabbing the victim with a knife, police said.

The victim and his friends said they did not know the suspect, police said.

The victim was transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston with injuries that were not deemed to be life-threatening wounds, State Police said.

Baker, 25, was seen walking towards the Western Avenue bridge after the stabbing, and was taken into custody there, police said. During the booking process at the barracks, Baker became angry and punched a wall several times, police said.

He has been charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and malicious destruction of property, police said. He is to be arraigned today in Cambridge District Court.

According to State Police, Baker had two outstanding warrants when he was arrested Sunday night, both issued from Cambridge District Court when he failed to make scheduled court appearances. He already faces charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in one case and in another case, a charge of carrying a dangerous weapon, State Police said.

Jasper can be reached at jasper.craven@globe.com or on Twitter @Jasper_Craven
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