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Tyngsboro Stabbing Suspect Held Without Bail

January 7, 2019
Lowell Sun

LOWELL -- A Nashua man accused of stabbing a Tyngsboro teen in an altercation over a pair of sneakers was held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Friday.

Dequan Hagen, 19, was arraigned from a stairwell at Lowell District Court Monday, out of view of the public and press.

He faces charges of armed robbery, home invasion, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon and malicious destruction of property over $250 in connection with the Thursday night stabbing.

According to Middlesex Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline McCormick, Tyngsboro police responded to a Frost Road home for a report of a stabbing Thursday night. While en route, they were alerted Lowell General Hospital had called and said they had a juvenile stabbing victim from Tyngsboro, she said.

Upon arrival, police spoke with the alleged victim’s mother and brother, who told them the 17-year-old boy had been stabbed in the stomach area while attempting to sell a pair of high-end Adidas sneakers to the defendant, McCormick said.

The mother told police that her garage side door had been kicked in and the door frame was broken, McCormick said. She said officers noticed it appeared there was a struggle in the garage and there were drops of blood on the floor.

The mother also turned over home security surveillance video that clearly showed the male suspect approaching the side door with what appeared to be a knife, McCormick said.

The brother told police that the defendant tried to grab the sneakers and run out of the garage, she said. The two brothers put the defendant in a headlock and struck him with a baseball bat, she said.

“At one point there was a second swing and they missed him,” McCormick said. “The defendant returned with a knife in his right hand and attempted to grab the sneakers again. He then stabbed the victim in the stomach and grabbed the sneakers and the bat and ran out the door.”

Tyngsboro police put out a warrant for Hagen’s arrest Friday afternoon, and he turned himself in that night.

Public defender Lynda Dantes said she agreed there was probable cause based on the reading of the police report, but she believes “there is more to this story than sneakers.”

Judge Michael Brooks granted McCormick’s requests that the entire case file be impounded because the alleged victim is a juvenile, and that Hagen be ordered to stay away from and have no contact with the alleged victim and witnesses.

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