Police: 2 arrested in Rhode Island after street musician stabbed

Christopher Paixao, 29, and Andrew Joseph Strattner, 28, both of Newport, have been accused of stabbing the guitarist during an attempted robbery.

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Police in Rhode Island worked quickly to arrest two people they say stabbed a street musician during an attempted robbery.

Newport police responded to Queen Anne Square just after midnight Wednesday where they found a 27-year-old man who had been playing guitar in the area with a stab wound to the right hip area. He was transported to the hospital and stabilized.

Officers determined that two suspects attempted to rob the guitarist and then fled.

Officers conducted a traffic stop in a nearby parking lot and arrested 29-year-old Christopher Paixao and 28-year-old Andrew Joseph Strattner, both of Newport.

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Both were held without bail after appearing in court Wednesday on various charges.