Man arrested in connection to East Village stabbing, police say

A 32-year-old man was arrested Friday night after stabbing another man near a church in Long Beach’s East Village, authorities said.

Paul Stewart Hugh Jr. was arrested sometime after 8:14 p.m. on suspicion of stabbing a man in the area of East 7th Street and Atlantic Avenue, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

Police say the victim returned to his East Village tent Friday night and found Hugh Jr. inside. The interaction turned into an altercation, resulting in Hugh Jr. stabbing the victim one time in the upper body before leaving.

Officers responded following reports of a stabbing and located the victim, who was subsequently transferred by the Long Beach Fire Department to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries, according to the LBPD. The injuries were not life-threatening and he is expected to survive, authorities said.

Shortly after, officers located Hugh Jr. walking nearby with a pair of scissors in hand, authorities said.

When he became uncooperative, officers used “less-lethal” equipment to subdue him, according to the LBPD. Hugh Jr. was taken to a local hospital and eventually cleared for booking, police said.

Hugh Jr. was booked on one count each for residential burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting a public officer and an outstanding warrant for driving with a suspended license, police said. His bail was set at $125,000.

The investigation to determine the stabbing instrument remains ongoing, LBPD spokesperson Brandon Fahey said.

Fahey said that although Hugh Jr. was found holding a pair of scissors, the victim stated they were stabbed with a screwdriver, which officers recovered at the scene.

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Fernando Haro is the Long Beach Post's breaking news and public safety reporter.