Man Charged with Mayhem in Knife Attack
LOWELL -- It was a little after 10:30 p.m., on July 4, when a 29-year-old Lowell man who was covered in blood ran screaming into the emergency room at Lowell General Hospital/Saints Campus.
That man, who was soon flown by MedFlight to a Boston trauma center, had a “catastrophic” injury to his left eye because someone had just plunged a knife into it, according to a police report.
A witness to the stabbing said he saw what he then believed was “a large splash” of water come out of the victim’s face when he was stabbed.
After speaking with several witnesses who picked a suspect out of photo arrays, Lowell police arrested Andre Feliz, 30, of 151 Coburn St., Lowell, and charged him with mayhem in connection with the assault, according to police reports.
Feliz was ordered held without bail pending trial following a dangerousness hearing in Lowell District Court on Tuesday, according to court records.
Feliz’s attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Police reports say the victim and two other men went for a drive through Lowell in an attempt to sell a cellphone to someone on July 4. But the phone disappeared when the deal fell through, and the man who was later identified as Feliz accused the victim of having taken the phone.
The men stopped at LGH/Saints Campus to use an ATM, and it was just outside the hospital where Feliz allegedly pulled a knife and stabbed the victim once in the eye before another man pulled him away from the victim, according to a police report.
Feliz and another man then sped away in a car as the victim ran into the emergency room, according to a police report.
A follow-up police report written after the victim was treated at a Boston trauma center said the injury was non life-threatening, but “permanently and atrociously” destroyed the victim’s left eye.
Feliz has an “extensive and violent criminal history,” according to a police report.
That history includes convictions for assault and battery causing serious bodily injury and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in connection with incidents in 2014, according to court records.
Feliz was sentenced to three years in prison in connection with those convictions, and is still on probation in connection with that case, according to court records.
Feliz has also previously faced charges of assault with intent to murder and attempted murder, though both of those counts were eventually dismissed, according to court records.
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