Two stabbings within a week at the Braintree Village apartment complex have led to the arrests of two suspects, Braintree police said.
The latest incident occurred Tuesday, when a 33-year-old woman allegedly assaulted a child at the apartment building over an incident that had occurred the previous week between that child and another child.
After learning of the assault, the suspect confronted the woman and allegedly stabbed her in the back, inflicting a non-life threatening injury, police said. The 33-year-old woman was transported to South Shore Hospital.
Telisha N. Moore, 34, of Braintree was arrested and charged with assault with intent to commit murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Police are also seeking charges against the victim for assault and battery and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon on the child.
Her name has not been released, as she has not yet been charged.
This incident followed a stabbing that took place at Braintree Village on Jan. 18, in what police said was not a random act.
According to police, a man arrived at South Shore Hospital after receiving stab wounds to his back. When questioned, the victim and his companions gave conflicting accounts of what had occurred.
Police later discovered that the victim knew the suspect and had arranged to meet that afternoon.
Police have arrested Prentis Douglas Jr., 22, of Braintree, and charged him with assault with intent to commit murder.
A friend of the victim, an 18-year-old Braintree man, will also be summonsed to court for obstruction of justice as he misled detectives who were investigating the stabbing, police said.
His name has not been released, as he has not yet been charged.
“The incidents at Braintree Village are unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” said Mayor Joseph Sullivan in a release. “Chief Jenkins and I met with the property managers on Wednesday and steps to increase security and improve resident screening are being taken immediately.”
“Police will continue to work closely with management at Braintree Village and take whatever action necessary to remove dangerous individuals from the complex,” Chief Russell Jenkins added.
Braintree Village property managers, Peabody Properties, said they will be working with the town to evict difficult residents, and that they have a zero tolerance policy for violence.
"We work closely with Mayor Sullivan, as well as the Braintree Police Department which both advises us and works in partnership with our onsite management to ensure resident safety," said spokesperson Dianna Curry in an email. "In conjunction with the Braintree Police Department, we have developed a set of actions to address the recent incidents including an increase in police details at the site, as well as the continuation of existing preventative programs."