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Homeless man stabbed in downtown Boston

A homeless man was stabbed and seriously injured by another homeless man in downtown Boston early Friday night, ­Boston police said.

The victim, who appeared to be in his 30s, got into an argument with the other man near Hayward Place off Washington Street, said Boston police Captain John ­Danilecki. The stabbing occurred around 6:56 p.m., police said. The victim was stabbed in the chest and in the leg, Danilecki said. The man then stumbled down Washington Street and collapsed in the area of the Boylston Street intersection just outside the Chinatown ­MBTA stop, Danilecki said. He said the man was taken to Tufts Medical Center with injuries that were serious but not life-threatening. He is expected to survive, Danilecki said.

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The man’s identity is known to police, but his name will not be released until his family is notified, police said.

Danilecki said buses through the area were rerouted and streets closed off while detectives investigated. The area cordoned off included all of Heyward Place.

Washington Street was closed from ­Hayward Place through the Boylston Street intersection to the Archstone Apartments, about a half-block from the intersection.

The intersection of Boylston and ­Washington streets was busy with foot traffic Friday night, with people stopping to peer over police tape to ask authorities what happened Police tape criss-crossed the intersection from multiple points and extended about 20 feet west on Boylston where the tape looped over an unmarked police car. “We’re hoping he survives,” Danilecki said of the victim.

Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at ­jeremy.fox@globe.com.

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