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Police hunt for stabbing suspect

A man was stabbed in broad daylight on a Somerset street yesterday prompting a manhunt for the suspect, who remained at large last night.

Victim Randy Thompson, 58, suffered multiple stab wounds and was being treated in the intensive care unit at press time.

The suspect, 26-year-old Shilo Payne, made off from the scene on foot, prompting a police search.

Both men live at separate addresses on Scott's Hill Road.

The incident occurred just before 12.30pm near the home Mr Payne shares with his mother, Jody Payne, at the junction with Pleasantville Lane.

She confirmed her son and Mr Thompson knew each other.

“I was watching TV and I don't really know what happened,” she said.

Asked what may have prompted the stabbing, she replied: “There's always a build-up to something.”

She said she could not give any further information, explaining: “I can't tell you. I really don't know.”

According to a resident of Pleasantville Lane, the incident ended up in the yard of a house there.

Police spokesman Dwayne Caines said: “It appears that an altercation took place between two men, a 58-year-old man and a 26-year-old man.

“This resulted in the 58-year-old being taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for what appears to be multiple stab wounds.”

Mr Caines would not give names for the victim and suspect, would not give a description of the suspect and would not say whether a weapon had been recovered.

However, he stated: “We are advising the public that caution should be exercised if coming into contact with the individual.”

He said officers were fanning out and searching a mile-wide radius for him.

Scott's Hill Road was cordoned off to the east and west of the junction with Pleasantville Lane for several hours after the stabbing.

Forensics officers photographed the area and laid scene markers leading from outside the Payne residence up to a home on Pleasantville Lane.

Several local residents came out of their homes to watch the flurry of police activity.

A 61-year-old man who lives near the scene remarked: “I just heard the sirens. It's usually quiet round this side.”

Mr Thompson's family could not be reached for comment and a hospital spokeswoman said it was not possible to comment on his condition at press time.

Anyone with information about the incident should call the police on 295 0011 or the confidential Crimestoppers hot line on 800-8477.

Police cordoned off Scott's Hill Road in Sandys after a stabbing yesterday.

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Published March 21, 2011 at 10:14 am (Updated March 21, 2011 at 10:13 am)

Police hunt for stabbing suspect

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