Chief Richard D. Howe
20 Westford Road
Tyngsborough, MA 01879
For Immediate Release
Friday, Jan. 4, 2019
Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Tyngsborough Police Seeking Suspect Following Home Invasion and Stabbing
TYNGSBOROUGH — Chief Richard D. Howe reports that the Tyngsborough Police Department is actively looking to locate a known suspect following a home invasion and stabbing last night.
DEQUAN HAGEN, AGE 19, OF NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE is currently wanted by Tyngsborough Police, and will be charged with:
- Armed Robbery
- Home Invasion
- Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon
- Assault with a Dangerous Weapon
- Malicious Destruction of Property over $1,200
On Thursday, Jan. 3, at 8:13 p.m. police were dispatched to a home on Frost Road for a report of a past stabbing. Upon arrival, a responding officer learned that a 17-year-old male had been transported to an area hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening after suffering a stab wound to his abdomen.
Tyngsborough Police initiated an on-scene investigation and determined that a suspect, who was positively identified as HAGEN, had come to the victim’s home to purchase a pair of sneakers, and an altercation began after HAGEN allegedly attempted to flee the home without paying for the shoes.
Officers observed damage to a door to the home’s garage as well as blood on the floor. After further investigation, officers determined that HAGEN fled to his vehicle after the attempted theft and returned with a knife. He then allegedly forced his way into the home and assaulted the victim.
Following the assault, HAGEN fled in a silver sedan.
“I want to reassure Tyngsborough residents that this was not a random crime” Chief 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.”
The victim was later taken by medical helicopter to a Boston area hospital, where he is currently listed in stable condition. This incident remains under investigation.
Chief Howe wishes to remind residents that the Tyngsborough Police Department is available as a safe meetup spot for those completing online transactions in town. A sign in front of the police station indicates the designated location of the meetup spot.