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By Norman Miller/Daily News staff
The MetroWest Daily News
Posted Oct 02, 2008 @ 12:18 AM

Police say an argument over a woman prompted Tuesday's attack that left a Framingham man stabbed and an Ashland man in jail.
Jorge Severino-Baez, 29, tried to kill the 25-year-old victim during the 1:13 p.m. attack in which he stabbed the man and beat him with a pipe, said Lt. Paul Shastany.
A second man, Alexander J. Brienzi, 19, of Framingham was also arrested, accused of trying to help Severino-Baez hide and then lying to police, the lieutenant said.
The victim, whom police did not name, was walking on Second Street around 1 p.m. with a friend when Severino-Baez suddenly attacked, Shastany said.
"Severino came up and attacked the victim with a pipe," Shastany said. "The victim tried to defend himself, and he was stabbed."
The victim tried to run away and get into an apartment, but the door was locked, and Severino-Baez continued to hit him with the pipe before running away.
The victim's friend ran to a nearby alarm and pulled it, summoning the Fire Department, Shastany said. When firefighters saw it was a man with a stab wound, they contacted police.
The victim was later treated at the hospital and released.
Police immediately began searching the area for Severino-Baez, but could not find him.
Around 3:30 p.m., an officer saw a man who matched Severino-Baez's description at Mary Dennison Playground.
"A woman there said the man jumped the fence when he saw the cruiser," Shastany said.
Officers tracked Severino-Baez toward 40 Beaver St., where they encountered Brienzi coming out of a back door that led to the basement.
"He denied seeing anyone," said Shastany. "He was asked if anyone was there and he said no. He said, 'I'm not hiding anyone. I don't even know him."'
Brienzi left, but Severino-Baez came out of the basement while police were still there and he was arrested. Brienzi was arrested a few minutes later because investigators say he intentionally misled police.
"They determined Brienzi was a friend of Baez and he was hiding him," Shastany said.
Brienzi's friend, Ismael Correa, who also lives at 40 Beaver St. along with his grandparents, said Brienzi was innocent.
"He woke up and the guy was there," said Correa. "He didn't know anything was going on. He thought he (Severino-Baez) was there for his grandfather. He went outside, and before he even spoke to police, the other guy came out and he was arrested."
Brienzi, Correa said, had run-ins with police when he was a boy, and he said their prejudice may have led to the arrest.
"He's a real good kid," Correa said.
Severino-Baez of 37 Summer St. was charged with attempted murder, assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
He was ordered held without bail yesterday at his Framingham District Court arraignment, pending a hearing tomorrow to determine if he is a danger to the public.
Brienzi was charged with being an accessory after the fact and intentionally interfering with a police investigation.
He was released without bail and is due back in court on Nov. 7 for a pretrial conference.
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