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February 20, 2013

Haverhill High student charged in stabbings

Police: Gang fight outside party involved machete, Tasers


The woman’s brother, who police said is 14, and his friend, who is 15, told police they attend Haverhill High and know that Mendez-Sanchez is a student there. They told police they had not invited him to the party and that he was the one who was striking people with a machete. They told police Mendez-Sanchez is a member of the Trinitarios gang. Witnesses said Mendez-Sanchez arrived at the party with three friends.

A pregnant 16-year-old told police she was pushed during the fight and was feeling pain in her abdomen. Police said the teen was taken by ambulance to Merrimack Valley Hospital as a precaution.

A police booking report describes Mendez-Sanchez as 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds and having a tattoo of praying hands as well as one that says “Made in Dominican Republic” on his left arm.

While interviewing witnesses at the scene of the fight, police were notified that two males, 19 and 21 years old, both from Lawrence, had arrived at Merrimack Valley Hospital with multiple stab wounds. One of the victims told police that Mendez-Sanchez was a member of the Trinitarios and that his gang had “just walked up to his group and attacked them outside of 528 Hadley West Drive,” according to a police report. Both victims were later tranferred to Boston hospitals for injuries that police said were serious, but not believed to be life threatening.

Around the same time, police dispatch received two reports of a man bleeding in the street in the 700 Washington St. area. Police said the victim, a 16-year-old Haverhill boy, had a laceration on his back and was taken by ambulance to Lawrence General Hospital, where he was treated and released. The boy told police he was at another apartment in the Hadley West complex when he saw some of his friends fighting. He said he went to help them when a man he could not describe sliced his back with a machete.

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