Jan 21, 2016 9:38 AM

Claremont police investigate 2 knife attacks, arrest 2 men in connection

CLAREMONT - Police arrested two men following an investigation into two knife attacks last week - charging one man with assault and another with selling crack cocaine in a school zone.

The first of the incidents was on Sunday when police responded to a report that someone had been jumped on Trinity Street.

Police found the victim, who had been slashed with a knife in the mouth. He was taken to Valley Regional Hospital where he was treated and released, but police say he refused to cooperate with their investigation. Claremont police continued to investigate the incident with assistance from the Attorney General's Drug Task Force.

Two days later, Claremont police were called to Valley Regional Hospital when another patient came in with knife wounds. He was ultimately flown by medical helicopter to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

Based on the investigation into the two incidents, police executed a search warrant for 7 Trinity St. and made two arrests.

Rahman A. Brown, 34, of White Plains, N.Y., was charged with one count of first-degree assault and is accused of being involved in the attack on Sunday. Chief Alexander Scott said additional charges may be forthcoming. Brown was scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday afternoon.

Willie Taylor, 41, of Claremont, was charged with two counts of selling crack cocaine in a school zone. He was not one of the victims and Scott said, because of the ongoing nature of the investigation, he was not providing information on Taylor's connection to the incidents. Police have not identified either of the knife attack victims.

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