STAMFORD — A man was in serious condition at Stamford Hospital after he was stabbed Wednesday evening in a downtown apartment building, police said Thursday.

Police said they had identified a male suspect and were searching for him.

Officers were called to the Wescott apartment complex at 1450 Washington Blvd. at 7:08 p.m. Wednesday on a report of a stabbing, police Lt. Tom Scanlon said. When officers arrived, they found the 37-year-old male victim in the lobby with multiple stab wounds, one of which was to the man’s neck, Scanlon said.

Emergency medics rushed him to Stamford Hospital, where he was immediately sent into emergency surgery, he said. There was some concern after he was admitted that he might not make it, Scanlon said, but the man lived through the night.

Investigators were working to determine what happened, he said. The victim and suspect had some sort of altercation that escalated into the physical assault, Scanlon said.

The suspect fled before officers arrived, but Scanlon said the investigators know who the suspect is.

The assault did not take place inside an apartment, he said. It occurred in one of the common areas of the 14-story, 261-unit property, Scanlon said.

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