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Search Underway for Tyngsboro Armed Home Invasion Suspect

January 4, 2019
Lowell Sun

TYNGSBORO -- Police are searching for a teen who allegedly stabbed a 17-year-old after trying to steal his sneakers on Thursday, according to the Tyngsboro Police Department.

Dequan Hagen, 19, of Nashua, New Hampshire, is wanted by the police on five charges including armed robbery, home invasion, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon and malicious destruction of property over $1,200.

According to police, a man later identified as Hagen went to the younger teen’s home on Frost Road Thursday evening to purchase a pair of sneakers.

When Hagen tried to flea without paying “an altercation began,” according to a 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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