Nashua Teen Surrenders in Alleged Stabbing
TYNGSBORO -- A teenager who allegedly stabbed someone during an altercation over a sneaker purchase at a Tyngsboro home turned himself in Friday night, police said.
Tyngsboro police had asked for the public’s help on Friday afternoon locating Dequan Hagen, 19, of Nashua, New Hampshire, for his alleged role in the stabbing. Hagen faced charges of armed robbery, home invasion, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon and malicious destruction of property over $1,200.
Around 8:20 p.m. Friday night, though, the official Tyngsboro Police Department account tweeted that Hagen had turned himself in and was in custody.
His arrest stems from a Thursday night stabbing on Frost Road. According to police, a man later identified as Hagen went to a younger teen’s home to purchase a pair of sneakers. When Hagen tried to flee without paying, “an altercation began,” according to a Friday afternoon press release. Police believe Hagen fled to his car after the attempted theft and returned with a knife.
Hagen allegedly forced his way into the home and stabbed the 17-year-old in the abdomen, according to the press release. He then fled in a silver sedan, police say.
The younger teen was transported to an area hospital and later taken by medical helicopter to a hospital in the Boston area. He is listed in stable condition and the injuries are not believed to be life threatening, according to police.
When police arrived at the home at about 8:13 p.m., they found damage to the home’s garage and blood on the floor, the press release said.
The incident remains under investigation, but is not believe to be random, Tyngsboro Police Chief Richard Howe said.
“I want to reassure Tyngsboro residents that this was not a random crime,” Howe said. “We have no reason to believe that the public is in danger, and we are working aggressively with our law enforcement partners in the area to locate and arrest this suspect as soon as possible.”
In the press release, Howe said the Tyngsboro Police Department has a safe meetup spot in front of the Police Department for people completing online exchanges.
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