Live Boston reports (with some graphic images) a man was stabbed numerous times on the Common along Tremont Street across from Avery Street around 3 p.m.
Police quickly arrested a man with the same prominent tattoos on his face and arms that witnesses had described, about a block from the scene, on the same unique BMX bicycle witnesses also recalled.
The victim, stabbed in the chest, back, arm and leg, was taken to a local emergency room. Homicide detectives were initially called in due to the severity of his injuries, but quick medical attention saved his life.
Even before the stabbing, officers were beginning to flood the area on reports of a man standing on the Common trying to fight passersby - including one woman strolling with young children, whom he may have tried to choke. Police are investigating whether the stabbing victim had been the guy trying to fight people.