Abington man stabbed in robbery attempt Friday

A 26-year-old man with a lengthy arrest record faces a number of additional charges after stabbing an Abington man in a wooded area off Rt. 18, according to Abington Police.

Devon B. Pelrine is being charged with armed assault to rob and/or murder, armed robbery, three counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon upon a person 60 years or older, threatening to commit a crime (murder), disturbing the peace, and carrying a dangerous weapon (2nd offense). He is being held without bail over the weekend and will be formally arraigned in Brockton District Court on Monday.

Abington Police Chief David Del Papa said the victim was returning from a Rt. 18 liquor store around 5 p.m. on Friday when Pelrine robbed and stabbed him in a wooded area near 732 Bedford Street. The victim then ran back to the liquor store asking for help.

The victim was able to provide Abington officers with a description. Aided by the department’s patrol K-9, Kano, officers found Pelrine, who is listed as a Taunton resident, at the Vinson Blanchard Garden Apartments on Shaw Avenue, Del Papa said. The town-owned property backs up to the wooded area on Bedford Street where the attack took place.

Pelrine had a 4-inch knife on him when arrested, Del Papa said.

The victim was treated at the scene by Abington paramedics and then transported to South Shore Hospital.

Del Papa said the victim did not know the suspect.

Pelrine has multiple prior arrests, including stealing kayaks, hitting a woman and resisting arrest, and assault and battery on police officers.

Del Papa said Pelrine was arrested without incident on Friday.

He declined to speculate what Pelrine was doing in Abington on Friday.

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