(WPRI) — An Assonet man appeared in court Friday as the man he’s accused of stabbing last weekend continues to recover at the hospital.
Patrick Theriault, 22, pleaded not guilty to charges of armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury.
He was ordered held without bail until a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Jan. 18.
Massachusetts State Police allege Theriault stabbed Jonathan Soares 15 times Saturday night at Ships Cove Apartments in Fall River.
Police said Soares, 37, is currently in stable condition at Rhode Island Hospital after undergoing several surgeries.
It looked at one point like Soares might not make it, according to police, but now he’s pulling through and starting to talk to investigators.
Police said they have surveillance footage of the entire incident and noted that several witnesses on scene identified Theriault as the suspect.
A warrant for his arrest was issued earlier this week and on Thursday, he surrendered to police in Freetown.
Theriault’s defense attorney Kenneth Van Colen suggested it may be a case of self defense.
“There’s always more to this than meets the eye,” he said. “There’s an issue of self defense, as well as identification, so we’re going to investigate that.”