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July 2, 2014

Police: man stabbed during fight over dominoes; suspect held without bail

LAWRENCE — Anger over a dominoes game resulted in a man being stabbed in the back three times early Sunday morning, police said.

The suspect, Wanderlis Ceballos, also known as Wanderlis Ceballaos-Arias and "Monte Adentro," 26, of 565 Haverhill St., faces a charge of assault with intent to murder. He is held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing Monday in Lawrence District Court.

Ceballos, the 30-year-old victim and two other men were playing dominoes at a friend's home at 47 Bodwell St. at around 1 a.m., according to a report filed by Detective Kevin Nigohosian. Ceballos and the victim began arguing and agreed to settle their dispute with their fists, the detective wrote.

The victim demanded that Ceballos get rid of the knife "he always carries" before they began their fight, according to Nigohosian's report. Ceballos threw the knife on the ground – but then he pulled a second knife and stabbed the victim three times in his back, Nigohosian wrote.

The victim fell back onto Ceballos' 2004 Honda Accord, smearing blood on the side of the vehicle. Friends took the victim to Lawrence General Hospital, where he was interviewed by Officer Mark Panagiotakos and Nigohosian.

Ceballos fled in his car, police said. He was arrested at the police station at 9:40 a.m.

The victim told Nigohosian that Ceballos, known by some as "Monte Adentro" or "Hidden Valley," got angry because the victim's team defeated the defendant's team. Ceballos pulled out his second knife after the victim hit him in the face, according to the detective's report.

Ceballos pleaded not guilty Monday. Lawrence District Court Judge Mark Sullivan allowed the state's motion to hold him without bail as a dangerous person.

Ceballos will face a dangerousness hearing next Monday. If convicted, he could face a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

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