ST. ALBANS — The St. Albans Police Dept. are searching for a Massachusetts man and his accomplice after responding to a stabbing at the LaQuinta Hotel early Tuesday morning.
According to the SAPD, an 18-year-old man was stabbed outside the hotel at 2:10 a.m. He was taken to the Northwestern Medical Center, where he was stabilized and then transferred to UVM Medical Center where he is reportedly in critical condition.
The victim’s girlfriend, who was present during the incident, told police they were in the LaQuinta Hotel parking lot when her boyfriend was approached by a black male and subsequently stabbed.
The girlfriend transported her boyfriend to NMC.
When officers arrived on scene at the LaQuinta they learned two unknown black males rented a room just prior to the incident. Both were implied by SAPD to be suspects in Tuesday’s incident.
A subsequent release from the SAPD identified one of those individuals, Harrison J. Ogbunize, 33, of Springfield, Mass. Per SAPD’s statement, police believe Ogbunize to have been the individual who physically stabbed the victim Tuesday morning.
His accomplice, who SAPD still believes to be involved in Tuesday morning’s incident, remains unidentified as of press time.
Both were last seen together operating a black 2019 Chevrolet Camaro bearing Massachusetts registration 9BB781.
Employees at the LaQuinta Hotel advised they heard arguing coming from outside then saw two vehicles leaving traveling north on Vermont Route 104.
Police believe that this is an isolated incident and that the victim and offender know each other.
SAPD is asking for assistance in locating the two suspects and identifying Ogbunize’s accomplice. Anyone with information relevant to Tuesday’s incident is “urged to contact” SAPD online at www.stalbanspd.com and at (802) 524-2166.
This article was updated on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at 9:50 a.m.