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Man stabbed near downtown dog park

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Posted at 3:56 AM, Sep 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-27 10:27:31-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A man was stabbed by a man who was begging for money near a dog park in downtown Nashville early Friday morning.

Officers were called to the dog park on 1st Avenue South at about 1:30a.m. Friday.

According to police, a man was walking by when he was approached by another man who asked for a dollar. When the dog walker said he didn't have any cash, the other man pulled out a box cutter and stabbed him.

The victim was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He's expected to be okay.

The suspect ran from the scene and was not captured.

Metro Nashville Police confirmed the victim was a homeless man, and believe that the suspect may have been homeless, too. According to police, there have been problems with homeless people in that area over the past few months.

According to Central Precinct officers, downtown residents have reported being concerned about homeless people camping out near the dog park. In response, officers had been conducting extra patrols of the area.

As recently as last week, Central Precinct reported that 32-percent of its aggravated assault cases involved the homeless.