TYNGSBOROUGH, Mass. — Massachusetts police said a Nashua man wanted in connection with the stabbing of a 17-year-old in Tyngsborough over a botched sneaker sale turned himself in Friday night.
Dequan Hagen, 19, came to the Tyngsborough Police Department at about 7:30 p.m. and officials said he was being processed on numerous felony charges.
Earlier Friday Tyngsborough Police Chief Richard D. Howe had said Hagen, when apprehended, would face charges including armed robbery, home invasion and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
“I want to reassure Tyngsborough residents that this was not a random crime,” Howe said in a statement earlier Friday. “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.”
Officers were first dispatched Thursday at 8:13 p.m. to a home on Frost Road in Tyngsborough.
Once there, officials said they found a 17-year-old male had been stabbed in the stomach, officials said.
The victim was taken to a Boston area hospital where he is currently in stable condition, officials said.
Howe said they believe Hagen came to the victim’s home to buy a pair of sneakers but a fight broke out after Hagen tried to flee the home without paying.
Officials said their investigation determined Hagen fled to his car to retrieve a knife, came back to the home and forced his way in and assaulted the victim.
Hagen then fled in a silver sedan, Howe said.
Other charges Hagen is expected to face include assault with a dangerous weapon and malicious destruction of property costing more than $1,200, Howe said.