New Bedford Stabber Sentenced to Prison

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office

Thomas M. Quinn III
District Attorney

Press Release
June 23, 2021​​​

A 23-year-old New Bedford man was sentenced to serve two-and-a-half to four years in state prison yesterday after pleading guilty to a stabbing, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.

Tarus Veal pleaded guilty in Fall River Superior Court to an indictment charging him with aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. 

On May 14, 2020, the defendant was observed by a New Bedford Police detective stabbing the victim, a known Monte’s Park gang member, several times.  The defendant was pursued by police, stopped and found to be in possession of a bloody knife.

The victim, who sustained three puncture wounds to his chest, abdomen and thigh, was rushed to Saint Luke’s Hospital for emergency surgery.

Despite the injuries sustained in the attack, the victim refused to cooperate with our office during the prosecution of the case.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Matthew Sylvia and the state prison sentence was imposed by Judge Raffi Yessayan.

“This is another act of senseless violence that could have resulted in the victim’s death.  Fortunately. the incident was witnessed by a New Bedford Police officer because the victim has not cooperated with our office,” District Attorney Quinn said. 


Gregg Miliote

Director of Communications