ITALY — The Italy Police Department is seeking information from the public in regards to a stabbing that took place on Friday at the Upchurch Ball Fields located at 200 Dilworth St.

“On Friday around 8:25 p.m. we received a call of a juvenile male that was involved in an altercation that was stabbed," Italy Police Chief Cameron Beckham said. "Officers got on scene and addressed the wound and contacted AMR who transported the juvenile to Methodist over in Dallas. He suffered from a puncture wound. The knife was a single edged blade pocket knife with a serrated edge. We recovered the knife on scene.

"We are still trying to gain more information on any persons or person involved. We believe that it was only one person. We don’t believe that it is a random incident. We believe that it is going to be an isolated incident. This didn’t happen at a football game [and] it did not happen at a school-sanctioned function. It happened over at a city ballpark that has a walking trail.”

Beckham said all Italy Police officers are trained in first aid and CPR.

According to Italy PD, at the time of the incident, the victim was at the park to workout and run when an altercation occurred with a person still unknown as of press time.

Beckham said the victim called his mother who called 9-1-1 and a friend of the victim who also came to workout out at the park also made a call to dispatchers.

Beckham said that the friend came “just in the nick of time before it could get really bad.”

The friend provided police with a description of the suspect, described as a white or Hispanic male that is five-foot-six to five-foot-eight inches tall. According to IPD, he was wearing a black Italy Gladiators hoodie, jogging pants, and black shoes and is around 15-17 years old.

“We are going to conduct interviews at the school on Tuesday and pretty much all this week. We also have an officer that is going to be stationed at the school for the whole week just in case there is any backlash on the incident,” Beckham said. “There were a few comments on social media indicating that 'I can’t believe this happened at a football game.' We just want to make it clear that this was not at the football game or school sanctioned event. This was at a public park.”

People with information about the offense can contact the Italy Police Department (972) 483-6414. The Italy Police Department is located at 101 W. Main St. in Italy. Anyone with information can also contact the police department at 469-309-4400 or the Ellis County Crime Stoppers organization at 972-937-PAYS. Callers can remain anonymous.

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