ATTLEBORO - Three local men face charges they stabbed a city resident early Saturday morning in what police are calling a "home invasion" that stemmed from a fight earlier in the day.
Police were called to 161 County St. shortly after midnight for a reported stabbing, and found Nicholas Santaniello, 20, suffering from a single stab wound to his torso.
He was transported by an Attleboro Fire Department ambulance to Rhode Island Hospital, where he was reported in stable condition, according to police. He was released later Saturday, the hospital said.
Occupants of the home told police that three men forced their way inside and confronted the occupants when the stabbing took place.
The suspects reportedly fled in a white vehicle.Police arrested three men, Richard Nye, 20, of 27 Emory St., Damon Newton, 21, of 33 Pleasant St., and Ryan Urquhart, 20, also of 33 Pleasant St.
According to police, the home invasion stemmed from an altercation earlier on Friday, when one of the three men was allegedly assaulted by Santaniello. That person then recruited the other two men and returned to 161 County St., where the original incident took place, and then allegedly stabbed Santaniello once in the torso.
The location of the stabbing is the home of Rev. Daniel Dore, the Attleboro Police Department's chaplain, and his family. According to a police press release and officers involved in the investigation, the three men charged forced their way into the front door of the large yellow house that has a sign hanging in front that reads "Bethany Vicarage."
A woman who opened the front door of the three-story wooden house a crack quietly asked a reporter to leave.
Police said the home invasion and stabbing were not a random event, and that the victim and the assailants all know each other.
All three men are being held on assault with attempt to murder, home invasion, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and breaking and entering in the night time, a felony.
They are each being held on $50,000 cash bail.