WARREN - Two men, one stabbed in the arm and neck, the other shot in a finger, were wounded during separate robberies in the city early Wednesday morning, police reported.
Matthew C. Williams, 26, 1843 Mahoning Ave. N.W., said he was stabbed during a robbery at his residence. He was transported to Trumbull Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for lacerations, police said. An update on his condition was not available on Wednesday.
According to reports, police were called to 1546 Mahoning Ave. N.W. when Benjamin Seemann, 73, reported that a man he didn't know was banging on his door and saying he had been stabbed. Police said that when they arrived, an injured Williams was on Seemann's living room floor.
Williams told police that it began when a man he did not know came to his residence at Park Place Apartments around 3 a.m., knocked on the door and asked for help, saying he had nowhere to go. Williams said he let the man in his apartment.
About 10 to 15 minutes later, the visitor demanded Williams' money, produced a large knife and stabbed Williams in the arm, according to the police report. Williams said the man then started to punch and taunt him, demanding more.
Williams told police the man became more demanding, stabbed him in the neck and threatened to kill him.
Williams said he went to the bedroom, barricaded the door, jumped out a window and fled to get help.
He said the man took his iPhone, Visa card and $5, according to the police report.
In the other case, Warren police said St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown informed them that Samuel D. Phillips Jr., 24, of 440 Douglas St., Warren, showed up in the emergency room there with a gunshot wound to his right hand.
Warren police said they did not go to St. Elizabeth's to interview him, but that Phillips told hospital personnel that a man he did not know approached him around 2 a.m. at the corner of Hazelwood Avenue S.E. and Clarence Street S.E. in Warren and demanded he give him everything he had.
Phillips reported that when he didn't give the man anything, the man produced a gun and pointed it at him. Phillips reported that he grabbed the gun, a struggle ensued and the gun went off, striking him on the right ring finger.
Phillips said he felt something and noticed that his hand was bleeding, according to the police report.
He said his mother took him to St. Elizabeth's, where hospital security / police said he arrived around 3:40 a.m.
Warren police said they expected him to be treated and released from St. Elizabeth's on Wednesday.
They said both incidents are under investigation, and they have no suspects in either case.