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April 3, 2014

2 stabbing suspects arraigned

Third suspect arrested in Methuen High parking lot stabbing

METHUEN — Two teens held after a stabbing in the Methuen High School parking lot were held without bail yesterday while a third suspect was arrested and charged by police.

A high school student was stabbed in the buttocks just after dismissal at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The 18-year-old victim did not suffer life threatening injuries and was treated at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen.

Leivi Jose Cruzetta, 19, of 7 Moison Ave., Methuen and Justin Suriel, 18, of 186 Tenney St., second floor, Methuen were both arraigned on charges of assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in Lawrence District Court yesterday.

When Cruzetta first saw members of the media, he stuck his tongue out, seemingly in jest. As the arraignment went on, he and Suriel seemed to become more somber.

Both men were held without bail pending a hearing on April 9 to determine if they are a danger to themselves or the community at large.

Meanwhile, while Cruzetta and Suriel were in court, police took the third stabbing suspect into custody.

Jomar Vega, 18, of 168 Tenney St., was also arrested and charged with assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He is scheduled for arraignment today in Lawrence District Court.

According to a police report, Officer James Mellor was on duty at Methuen High School Tuesday afternoon when he saw a group of students gathered in the parking lot and then three young men running into the woods.

He then saw the stabbing victim, who said, “The three of them jumped me, punched me, I’m bleeding,” Mellor wrote in his report.

Mellor said the victim had a hole in his pants on his left buttocks and blood was visible. He also had marks on his face, neck and shoulder “consistent with being hit numerous times,” Mellor said. The victim was also later diagnosed with a fractured jaw by an ER doctor, police said.

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