Man Who Was at Large After Stabbing in Manchester Arrested

Manchester Police

Manchester police have arrested a suspect who was at large following a stabbing on Saturday afternoon.

Officers were called to Center Street around 2:30 p.m. after getting a report of an active assault with one person stabbed.

When police arrived, they said they found a 56-year-old man on the rear steps of the home. He was conscious when he was found bleeding from a stab wound.

The man was transported to Hartford Hospital where he is listed in stable condition, authorities added.

Witnesses told officers that the suspect and others involved in the incident fled before police arrived, police said.

Investigators said they determined an argument between the victim and the suspect, later identified as 26-year-old John Blackshear, turned into an active assault.

Blackshear and a teenager, later identified as 18-year-old Jillian Holden, were outside of a home on Center Street when the victim and Blackshear began to argue, police said.

At some point, Blackshear asked Holden to get a knife for him and after giving Blackshear the knife, he used it to stab the victim, investigators added.

Holden was found on Porter Street in Manchester shortly after the investigation began.

Manchester Police

She was placed under arrest and is facing charges including interfering with an officer, violation of a protective order, conspiracy to commit assault and carrying a dangerous weapon. Holden is being held on a $100,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

An arrest warrant was issued for Blackshear and he was arrested on Monday. Blackshear is facing charges including assault and carrying a dangerous weapon. He is being held on a $350,000 bond and will be in court on Wednesday.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information should call Manchester Police Department at (860) 645-5500.

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