FAIRHAVEN — Fairhaven Police are actively investigating a stabbing that occurred on Thanksgiving afternoon in an apparent Facebook Marketplace sale gone bad.

According to Lt. Kevin Kobza, Fairhaven Police were dispatched at approximately 3 p.m. to the area of Main and Elm Streets for a reported stabbing. Upon arrival, officers say they found a man bleeding from multiple stab wounds. He was treated on scene by Fairhaven paramedics and transported to Rhode Island Hospital.

The victim, a 23-year-old New Bedford resident, told police that he arranged for the sale of a cell phone on Facebook Marketplace. He said he was picked up by two males driving a black Jeep, and while he was in the Jeep, an argument took place after the suspects attempted to take the phone without paying for it.

The victim was then reportedly stabbed several times. He managed to escape from the vehicle and summon help.

Police say that as the investigation is currently active and ongoing, no further details will be released at this time.

Kobza said Fairhaven Police strongly encourage anyone conducting any type of transaction that requires them to meet with people they do not know to do so in the parking lot of the Fairhaven Police Department, located at 1 Bryant Lane. There is an area that is specifically designated as an "Internet Purchase Exchange Location."

Enter your number to get our free mobile app