Officers are appealing for witnesses and information, after an 18 year old man sustained a stab wound in Watford.
Police were called at 7.35pm on Tuesday (July 19) to reports that a man was found injured in the High Street.
Officers attended, alongside the ambulance service. The man was taken to hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-changing or life-threatening.
The offender fled the scene, and remains outstanding at this time. He was described as being a black male with curly hair, who was said to be wearing a grey t-shirt with black shorts that had a white stripe down the side. He was also carrying a white bag on his shoulder.
It was reported that he was with two other males at the time.
Detective Inspector Chris Parperi said: “We are conducting extensive enquiries in our efforts to identify the offender. The early stages of our investigation suggests that this initiated as an altercation between a number of people, which then escalated into serious violence.
“I would like to appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has any information that may assist with our enquiries, to please get in touch as a matter of urgency.”
Chief Inspector for Watford Diane Whiteside said: “I understand that news of this nature will be concerning to local residents, but please be assured that my officers and detectives are working round the clock, alongside our partner organisations, in order to progress this investigation so that the offender(s) can be dealt with accordingly.
“I know there is some concern among our communities about increased violence and anti-social behaviour in Watford in recent weeks. We have had a number of positive results where offenders have been swiftly identified and arrested – including two arrests made over the weekend in connection with an affray after a video clip of an assault in the town centre was shared on social media, and a further two arrests made following an arson in Garsmouth Way.
“This week is National Anti-Social Behaviour Awareness Week, and as such we have been increasing our daily patrols to provide a visible and reassuring presence through-out Watford. ASB and violence, especially knife crime, will absolutely not be tolerated. We will do everything within our power to deal with offenders and bring them to justice, getting them off our streets to make Watford as safe as possible.”
If you have any information, you can report online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in the Force Communications Room via the online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact or call the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 41/57854/22.