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MIT Grad Student Stabbed Near Home

Another Victim Robbed at Knife-Point While Crossing Boston University Bridge

By Naveen Sunkavally


A Media Lab graduate student suffered minor injuries after an attack by an unknown assailant outside of his house early Tuesday morning.

Jonah Peretti G was unlocking the door to his house near Prospect Street when the attacker approached him from across the street and stabbed him in the chest. “I’d only been living in the house for two days,” Peretti said.

Peretti, who did not suffer puncture wounds to his lungs, was treated and released on the same day from Massachusetts General Hospital.

Frank Pasquarello, public information officer for the Cambridge Police Department, which responded at the scene at 2:15 a.m., said that the CPD had no suspects. “It was a pretty random attack,” Pasquarello said.

Peretti described the assailant as a “deranged” 5'7'' black man in his mid forties. “He was muscular but not someone who looked like he was working out at a gym,” Peretti said.

The motive for the attack is unclear, as the suspect did not take anything from Peretti. “It was a very sloppy mugging,” Peretti said.

The area of the attack has not been considered a high-risk location. Pasquarello described it as a “relatively quiet neighborhood.”

However, Peretti said that he had heard of a robbery in the area approximately three weeks before he moved in.

Armed robbery on BU bridge

In an unrelated incident a few hours before the attack near Prospect Street, a person was robbed at knife-point while walking along the Boston University Bridge towards Cambridge.

According to a Campus Police bulletin, the suspect, who had come from behind the victim, said, “Don’t move! Where is your money?” The suspect took the victim’s wallet, which contained $20 cash, credit cards, his checkbook and keys.

According to the bulletin, the victim described the suspect as a black male in his late 20s, approximately 6'2'' with long hair in a ponytail and a mustache. The victim described the weapon as a 3-4'' long silver blade, similar to a hunting or fishing knife.