A Massachusetts man is facing a number of charges after allegedly stabbing another man during a drug deal at a Tewksbury home Tuesday night, but police add the victim is also facing charges.
Twenty-seven-year-old Thomas Quinlan of Dracut was arrested and charged with armed assault to murder (knife) and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, serious bodily injury.
The victim, who has not yet been identified, was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Police said the victim is expected to be released from the hospital on Wednesday and go right into police custody for unrelated outstanding warrants.
Quinlan's arrest came after police responded to a 911 call that a man had been stabbed at a home on Pleasant Street just after 10 p.m.
One neighbor who did not want to be named told NBC10 Boston there was a gathering at the house earlier in the night, where he said the victim lives.
"He was stabbed several times, he was taken to the hospital and they’re treating him for his wounds right now," said the neighbor.
Through an investigation, police were able to identify Quinlan as the stabbing suspect and took him into custody in Lowell without further incident.
"We believe these people are known to each other, so obviously the public has no concerns," said Tewksbury Deputy Police Chief John Vito. "We believe we arrested the person that was involved."
Authorities said the stabbing was not a random act and the incident involved a reported drug transaction.
Quinlan is expected to be arraigned in Lowell District Court later in the day. It's unclear if he has an attorney.
Police added more charges could come as a result of their investigation.