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3 suspects released, 1 arrested in Boston Common stabbing

People sit and walk in Boston Common in May.
People sit and walk in Boston Common in May.Associated Press Photo/Elise Amendola

Three people who were arrested for Wednesday night’s double stabbing on Boston Common have been exonerated as suspects, but one of the victims is now charged with a skateboard attack that touched off the violence, police said.

The assailant who stabbed the two men, ages 24 and 30, remained at large Thursday morning, according to Boston police Lieutenant Detective Michael McCarthy.

But the 30-year-old victim, George Manstakis, of Danvers, has been released from a city hospital and is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He allegedly struck another man with a skateboard on the Common, touching off the melee that led to the stabbings, McCarthy said.

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He said the other stabbing victim, a 24-year-old, was listed in stable condition at a Boston hospital Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, three suspects who were initially detained and questioned by detectives Wednesday night were released, after authorities determined they were not responsible for the violence, McCarthy said.

The chaotic scene unfolded around 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, when police were called to the Common for a report of two men stabbed near Park and Tremont streets.

Police initially said the 24-year-old man was in critical condition after being stabbed in the stomach. His condition has since been upgraded. Manstakis suffered a “superficial” wound when he was stabbed in the back, officials said Wednesday.

Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans told reporters at the scene Wednesday that two groups of people were fighting when the stabbings occurred. He said he did not think they were gang members.

McCarthy said Thursday morning that the people involved in the fight “all know each other from hanging out in the park.”

Manstakis was slated to be arraigned later Thursday in Boston Municipal Court.


Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.