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Suspects Surrender in Pierce Case

September 28, 2000

BOSTON (AP) _ Two of the three men wanted by police in the stabbing of Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce faced arraignment on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Tony McCrary, 31, also known as Tony Hurston, and Trevor Watson, 34, both of whom have ties to the rap group Made Men, turned themselves in Wednesday night just hours after police said they were seeking them.

Pierce, stabbed multiple times at a night club early Monday, was listed in good condition Thursday at New England Medical Center as he recovered from wounds to his face, neck and back. He was expected to be released this week.

A warrant had been issued for Hurston, Watson and William Ragland, 28, charging all three with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Hurston was alleged to have wielded a bottle in the attack early Monday, while Watson and Ragland were alleged to have used a knife. Hurston and Watson were to be arraigned Thursday.

Ragland, who reportedly also has ties to the rap group, has not been arrested.

Pierce, 22, had surgery Monday to repair his damaged lung. Officials at the New England Medical Center termed the other stab wounds to Pierce’s face, neck and back as mostly superficial. Pierce was able to walk into the hospital’s emergency after being driven there by friends.

The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Pierce averaged 19.5 points and ranked second in the NBA in steals with 2.08 a game. Pierce, an All-American at Kansas, was drafted in the first round in 1998 after his junior season.

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