Victim’s mom to East Providence stabbing suspect: Turn yourself in


EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – After a weekend stabbing, police are looking for a Providence man connected to the stabbing of an East Providence man on Lyon Avenue near Warren Avenue.

East Providence Police said they’re looking for James Stevens, 29, of Providence. They said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

According to police, he’s believed to be driving a white 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the license plate reading JH-259.

Police say they found Jasper Williams, 24, of East Providence injured at the scene.  He was later taken to Rhode Island Hospital.

Eyewitness News confirmed with East Providence Police Chief Christopher Parrella that Williams is the same man who was charged in a 2012 double-stabbing of two brothers.

He was found guilty on two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and two counts of assault and battery in December 2014 and was just released from home confinement in late November. While police said they don’t believe this case is connected to the 2012 assault, they don’t believe it was random.

An active arrest warrant for Stevens for assault with intent to commit murder.

Williams’ mother had an emotional plea for her son’s accused attacker.

“I want to say, James Stevens, I know you hear me talking. Turn yourself in. Turn yourself into the police. Regardless of what city you’re in, wherever you’re at, turn yourself in,” said Alecia Williams.

Williams said her son is on life-support.

Stick with Eyewitness News both on-air and online as this story develops.

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