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By John Moss
GateHouse News Service
Posted Aug 29, 2008 @ 06:54 PM

Fall River -
A man wanted by police for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend here was apprehended by Providence police after he crashed the U-Haul van he was driving.
Gabriel Rivera-davila, 33, of 24A Pleasant View, was arrested Thursday night at the Chad Brown housing complex after police followed a trail of blood from where the van crashed through a pole and chainlink fence at Alicant Street and Douglas Avenue, said Fall River police spokesman Sgt. Paul Bernier.
"He left the vehicle on foot. ... He was bleeding heavily from the arm," he said.
Providence police subsequently learned that Rivera-davila was wanted for questioning in the Fall River stabbing. He is being held in Rhode Island on a fugitive from justice charge.
The suspect was taken to Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, where he was listed in critical condition with extensive injuries from the accident, Bernier said.
Fall River police are charging Rivera-davila with armed assault with intent to murder, domestic assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the stabbing of the woman with a large knife at the Pleasant View address Thursday about 8 p.m.
The victim had "severe lacerations" to the stomach, Bernier said. She too is being treated at Rhode Island Hospital.
Rivera-davila left the scene of the stabbing in a U-Haul rental van before police arrived.
"As he entered the van, he was carrying a knife," Bernier said.
Fall River police issued a broadcast to surrounding police departments to watch for the van, bearing Arizona plates and possibly heading to Providence.
Police in that city are charging Rivera-davila with driving without a license and leaving the scene of an accident.
The stabbing is being investigated by Detectives Lawrence Ferreira and Steve Washington of the Major Crimes Division.
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