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Police body cams shed light on Bristol stabbing

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Police say Eric Bowden stabbed an elderly man in his home. (Bristol PD) Police say Eric Bowden stabbed an elderly man in his home. (Bristol PD)

On Wednesday, a man accused of violently stabbing an 80-year-old man in March appeared in court.

For the first time, Eyewitness News got a look at the police body cameras from that night, which helped the victim and helped police search for the suspect.

After the attack, police split their efforts, with some at the crime scene and others hunted down 23-year-old Eric Bowden.

Police were called to Stearns Street where they found 80-year-old Gary McCarthy stabbed at least six times.

It was a chaotic scene as police rushed to get McCarthy to the hospital, while quickly trying to determine Bowden’s location and motive.

"For an unknown reason, he stabbed him at least I think we have 6 times now in the legs, torso, chest,” police were heard saying in the body camera recordings.

Police later learned Bowden was actually looking for McCarthy’s grandson, Connor, who he felt disrespected him just hours earlier by saying he couldn’t hang out.

McCarthy’s wife Nancy, of 57 years, described what she saw.

"Do we know why this took place? No, he asked where Connor was and then he said Connor is not home and then he turned around and he said he started stabbing him,” Nancy is heard saying in the recording.

As some officers gained intel, others were tracking down Bowden at his parents’ home, just a few blocks away.

As for why he’d allegedly stab someone nearly four times his age, Bowden’s parents said their son struggles with schizophrenia and has been in and out of hospitals.

Bowden remains behind bars and will be back in court on July 6.

McCarthy’s stab wounds have healed, but he is still recovering from hand surgery for a severed tendon he suffered in the attack.

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