JP man charged with downtown stabbing

A Jamaica Plain man faces serious charges after allegedly stabbing another man who tried to stop him from assaulting a woman downtown on March 9, according to the Boston Police Department.

John Driscoll, 29, is charged with assault with intent to murder; assault and battery; assault with a dangerous weapon; and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Responding to Hanover and Blackstone streets just after midnight as Saturday night turned into Sunday morning, officers reportedly found one man pinning another to the ground. The unidentified man on top turned out to be the stabbing victim, a 25-year-old Waltham resident who said he was holding Driscoll for the police. The victim claimed that he had tried to stop Driscoll from assaulting a 26-year-old Amesbury woman, and that Driscoll had responded by stabbing him with a knife in the chest and back, according to BPD and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

Witnesses said that Driscoll dropped the knife during the fight and that the victim was able to knock it away, according to the DA’s Office. A knife was later found by officers in a nearby sewer.

Driscoll was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on March 10 and bail was set at $20,000, according to the DA’s Office. He will return to court on April 30.

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