NASHUA — A Nashua man accused of trying to rob an individual following an alleged drug transaction was stabbed in the chest on Tuesday, according to police.Samuel Truscott, 24, of 56 Lake St., has been arrested and charged with a felony count of robbery in the incident.
Lt. Denis Linehan said it appears the robbery victim was acting in self defense when he pulled out a knife and stabbed Truscott in the chest.
“It is a non-life-threatening injury,” Linehan said of Truscott’s stab wound, adding that Truscott was still being treated at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon.
According to Linehan, Truscott and two other men were on their way to an apartment Tuesday night at 23 Temple Street to purchase prescription pills when one of the participants thought he might become a target.
Fearing that Truscott may try to steal his money, the man left the scene and tried to walk away from Truscott and his companion, police said. Eventually, Truscott met up with the man at the corner of Elm and Cedar streets when Truscott allegedly began assaulting him and trying to steal his cash, according to police.
The victim, fearful that he might be injured, took out a knife and “poked it into the direction of (Truscott’s) chest,” said Linehan. The target of the alleged robbery, who was not identified by police, said he was acting in self defense when he pulled out his knife, Linehan said.
The alleged robbery victim called police to report the incident on Tuesday night, around the same time authorities were receiving other calls about a man who had been stabbed in the street. A judge with the 9th Circuit Court, Nashua District Division, was expected to arraign Truscott at the hospital on Wednesday.
Neither the alleged robbery victim nor the third person involved have been arrested. Linehan said police are continue to investigate the incident, as well as the location of the drug deal.
“Our narcotics unit is very well aware of that multi-unit apartment building, as we have had several problems there,” said Linehan. “We will continue to follow up on reports of any drug sales at that location.”firstname.lastname@example.org