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Police: Suspect heard bragging about stabbing

Robbins: Salovitch stabbed Dignan to ‘get them off’ me

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Published: Thursday, February 2, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 15:02

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Eric Salovitch (Left); Daniel Robbins (Right)

Police were led to the two people arrested in connection with Saturday's early-morning brawl when one of them was overheard in an apartment above Libby's Bar and Grill "bragging about having stabbed someone," according to court documents.

On Wednesday, police charged Eric Salovitch, 21, of Raymond, with two felony counts of first-degree assault after he allegedly stabbed one victim, Nathan Dignan, 19, of Hudson, twice with a knife. Daniel Robbins, 21, of Tamworth, was charged with one felony count of second-degree assault.

Dignan and UNH student Phil Hurley were both treated at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital following the incident, and Dignan underwent emergency surgery.

Salovitch is a 2011 graduate of UNH. Robbins is a current UNH senior.

Police released composite sketches of two suspects Sunday evening after meeting with Dignan in his hospital room that afternoon. Monday evening, police received an anonymous tip that a person was talking about the crime above the bar in downtown Durham.

After receiving surveillance footage from outside the Woodside Apartments and noting the similar appearance of Robbins to police's suspect 1 composite sketch, a UNH police detective was let into the apartment above Libby's where he met Robbins and took him back to the police station, according to court documents.

Robbins had a black eye when police found him, and initially told police he had been in a fight outside Durham House of Pizza. When asked to show police what he had been wearing, he produced a ripped shirt with blood on it.

Later, Robbins told police that he was walking back from the Woodside Apartments with Salovich when he had a verbal altercation with another group of males, who surrounded them and threatened to take the beer they were carrying. When one of the males knocked a beer from Salovich's hand, Robbins struck a male in the head with a bottle. Robbins claimed he was then knocked to the ground and repeatedly kicked while being told he was going to be killed.

Robbins told police that Salovich pulled a surveying knife he had on him and stabbed Dignan to "get them off" Robbins.

Police responded to the intersection of Strafford Avenue and Edgewood Road between Adams Tower West and the Woodside Apartments at 1:26 a.m., and the fight dispersed upon arrival. Dignan was later picked up from a Woodside apartment building with a stab wound in his abdomen. Hurley was in the same apartment and was transported to the hospital with a bump on his head and a cut to his ear. A Ka-Bar hunting knife was found at the crime scene.

Salovitch's bail was set at $10,000 on Wednesday. Robbins' bail was set at $5,000.

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