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A St. Patrick’s Day celebration turned violent in Sterling Heights on Thursday when a man allegedly tried to steal credit cards and cash from a woman’s purse, then stabbed her boyfriend when confronted about it.

The incident occurred at Dooley’s Irish Bar & Grill just before midnight when two couples who didn’t know one another were sharing a table at the bar on Hall Road, according to Sterling Heights Police Lt. James Belmonte.

When one of the women, a 48-year-old Rochester Hills resident, went to the restroom, she left her purse unattended and the suspect began to go through her purse and attempted to steal credit cars and cash, police said. Her boyfriend, a 48-year-old man from Royal Oak, confronted the man.

“An altercation took place and the suspect stabbed him,” Belmonte said.

The suspect then stabbed the man in his left arm and left upper torso, inflicting non-life-threatening injuries. Dooley’s security and bar patrons intervened, preventing an escalation of what could have been a tragic situation, Belmonte said.

The victim was treated at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital.

The suspect, a 34-year-old from Harrison Township, was arrested at the scene. He will be arraigned Friday on felony charges in 41 A District Court in Sterling Heights.

KKozlowski@detroitnews.com

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