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  • Writer's pictureJeffrey Hastings

Police Issue Warrant For Convicted Felon Accused Of Stabbing Manchester Man Multiple Times

MANCHESTER, NH — Manchester police have issued a warrant for Desmel Cooper, 40 who was accused of stabbing a 37-year-old man multiple times in the area of Elm and Lowell Street Sunday.

Police said they responded to Nutfield Lane in the rear of 603 Bar and Grill at 1087 Elm St for a fight at about 1 a.m. When officers arrived on the scene the fight was dispersing, but they could hear several people shouting that someone had been stabbed, according to MPD Spokesperson Heather Hamel.

Cooper, who police said is from Manchester, is wanted on charges of first-degree assault and being a convicted felon in possession of a deadly weapon, both felonies.

Manchester Fire and AMR ambulance responded to the area for a 37-year-old from Manchester lying on the ground bleeding and fading in and out of consciousness. The man suffered multiple stab wounds and was rushed to the Elliot Hospital for treatment. Police said his injuries were life-threatening.

Witnesses told police the victim and several other people had been arguing inside 603 Bar and Grill and then later, moved out into the alley behind the restaurant, where the argument continued. As the altercation escalated, the victim was stabbed.

Sunday morning Trauma Services, a bio-hazard clean-up company, had two workers at the scene cleaning blood from the sidewalk. Blood could be seen spanning from the alley to the sidewalk in front of the bar, which was the largest amount of blood and where sources say the victim was found.

Police tape surrounded the crime scene over half a block and was protected by two Manchester police officers at each end.

Police ask that anyone with information leading to the whereabouts of Cooper should call Manchester Police at 603- 668-8711. You can also call the Manchester Crimeline at 603-624-4040

©Jeffrey Hastings


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