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Man arrested in stabbing,robbery attempt.

Byline: Jill Aho The Register-Guard

SPRINGFIELD - A man was stabbed in the alley behind the Fifth & Broadway Market on Monday afternoon in an apparent robbery attempt, Springfield police said.

Police responded to several calls from neighbors who reported hearing gunshots and then seeing a man bleeding from a wound to the stomach. Several gunshots were fired during the incident, but none was believed to have hit anyone, police said.

The wounded man, 30-year-old Jorge Alverez Viera, was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center, where he underwent surgery, police said.

A short time later, police arrested 28-year-old Armando Fernandez several blocks from the scene. He was charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The knife believed to have been used in the assault was recovered, as was a .22-caliber pistol.

Earlier, police said they were searching for a woman believed to have been accompanying Viera at the time of the stabbing.

Nathan Haldeman, an employee at the market, said he saw the victim and female about five minutes before the stabbing. They are both fairly regular customers at the store, he said.

Zandra Dornon, a market employee who lives nearby, said she heard three pops and assumed that they were fireworks. Dornan said the woman told her there was a warrant for her arrest and asked if she could hide in Dornon's home before taking off on a bicycle.

Dornon identified the woman from a photograph provided by police.

"This is the first thing really bad that has happened here," Dornon said.
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Date:Jun 24, 2008
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