CRIME: Police identify suspect in drug deal stabbing

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ST. ALBANS — The search continues for a man believed responsible for the stabbing of a St. Johnsbury man on Wednesday in St. Albans City.

This morning police identified the suspect as Dajuan Williams, 23, of Michigan. Witnesses to the incident said he traveled with others to St. Albans from St. Johnsbury in order to buy drugs.

The St. Albans Police Dept. (SAPD) has applied for an arrest warrant for Williams on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and simple assault.

Police learned of the assault at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday when officers were called to Northwestern Medical Center where Jake Granger III, 23, of St. Johnsbury was being treated for a stab wound to his left side, rib cage.

Granger and three friends told police they had driven from St. Johnsbury to St. Albans with a man they had just met after being offered drugs in exchange for a ride.

At a residence on Lower Welden Street, Granger and the man now identified as Williams got into a fight. Granger was stabbed and driven to the hospital by his friends. Granger was treated and released.

Anyone with information about the incident or Williams’ whereabouts is asked to contact the SAPD at 524-2166.