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Arrest Warrants in Pierce Stabbing

September 27, 2000

BOSTON (AP) _ Police appealed to the public Wednesday to help find three men wanted in the stabbing of Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce.

Police searched dozens of locations after issuing warrants for the Boston men Tuesday night, police deputy superintendent Margaret O’Malley said.

``We believe at this time that the subjects may have left the area,″ she said.

William Ragland, 28, and Trevor Watson, 34, are wanted for assault and battery with a knife. Tony Hurston, 31, is wanted for assault and battery with a bottle.

Eyewitness accounts were instrumental in leading police to the suspects, O’Malley said. She declined to comment whether Pierce helped identify the suspects.

Police had been investigating associates of the rap group Made Men, but O’Malley would not comment on whether the suspects had ties to the group. Members of the group have denied any involvement.

Pierce was stabbed repeatedly at a Boston night club early Monday. He was listed in good condition Wednesday at New England Medical Center as he recovered from stab wounds to his face, neck and back. He could be released Friday.

Police said there was a fight about 1:10 a.m. at the Buzz Club, but it was unclear what role, if any, Pierce played.

``At this point, we’re not really comfortable commenting on a motive,″ O’Malley said.

The 22-year-old player had surgery Monday to repair his damaged lung. The New England Medical Center termed the other stab wounds as mostly superficial. Pierce walked into the emergency room after being driven there by friends.

The 6-foot-7, 220-pound swingman starred last season for a team trying to break a streak of five seasons without making the playoffs. He 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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