FAIRHAVEN — Fairhaven Police have released a composite sketch of the suspect in a Thanksgiving Day stabbing in the town in an apparent Facebook Marketplace sale gone bad.

The sketch was posted to the Fairhaven Police Facebook page on Wednesday, and described the suspect as “a light-skinned black or Hispanic male, in his mid-20s with curly hair and patchy facial hair. The male may have had a large mole or blemish to the right of his mouth.”

Fairhaven Police via Facebook
Fairhaven Police via Facebook

Fairhaven Police were dispatched at approximately 3 p.m. on November 26 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.

According to police, the vehicle was a newer-model Jeep Grand Cherokee with a touchscreen in the dashboard and was last seen traveling east over the bridge from Fairhaven to New Bedford.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Fairhaven Police Detective Janis Guerreiro at (508) 997-7421.

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