New Bedford Police arrested Odilio Benique, 40, 90 Main St. Apt. 1, Fairhaven, Monday for two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, larceny over $250 and assault and battery.

Benique assaulted two men, ages 38 and 19, with a knife as they attempted to stop him from stealing tires and rims from their backyard on Welcome Street.

The 38-year-old male was injured in the chest and arm and was transported to Rhode Island Hospital, where he was treated and released. The other male was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital, where he was treated and released.

The tires and rims were discovered in a driveway on Welcome Street. A face mask and narcotics were also found in the area.

A second male was possibly involved in the incident. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call New Bedford Police at (508) 991-6350, the anonymous tip line at (508) 992-7463 or e-mail

The arrest took place at 1:09 a.m.

--New Bedford Police

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