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By Mesfin Beshir –

On Friday night at about 9:40 p.m., officers with the Worcester Police Department assigned to the Operations Division responded to the area of 84 Elm Street for a report of a fight.

Upon arrival officers located a twenty-eight-year-old male who had been stabbed in the face. He was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A preliminary investigation determined that a group of individuals were drinking together and at some point there was a fight and the victim was stabbed. Officers determined that Joseph Erb, 21, of Ives St. stabbed the victim with a pocket knife and then fled the area.

Erb was located on Sever St. where he was taken into custody and charged with Armed Assault to Murder and Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon.

Another male who attempted to break up the fight between the suspect and the victim, also was taken to an area hospital with trouble breathing.