Wangaratta man stabbed in brawl

A WANGARATTA man who was stabbed in the back was still in hospital yesterday in a stable condition as police continue their hunt for his attacker.

Residents near the Burke and Flanagan streets intersection called Triple-0 early on Thursday after they heard the sound of a fight between three young men and a woman at 4.45am.

Detective Sen-Constable Paul Campbell said police and paramedics had found a man, 21, with a knife wound to his lower back.

He was taken to Wangaratta hospital.

The victim also had surgery on Thursday afternoon.

Sen-Constable Campbell said the man could be kept in hospital for up to a week.

He said police had not yet established whether the group involved in the brawl knew each other, but investigators say a 19-year-old appeared to be the attacker.

“We’re continuing our inquiries and we’re seeking a person of interest, but, at this stage, we’re not prepared to identify him,” Sen-Constable Campbell said.

He urged the youth to come forward and phone police.

Sen-Constable Campbell also asked anyone with information to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.