EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 9, 2014

Police Chief Solomon: 'Crazy night'

Three stabbed at hospital; twoarmed home invasions

By Mark E. Vogler
mvogler@eagletribune.com

---- — METHUEN — Police had no peace yesterday, from late afternoon deep into the night shift.

As detectives worked to complete their investigation of a triple stabbing at Holy Family Hospital, they and patrol officers found themselves busy for the rest of the evening investigating two armed home invasions within an hour period.

"Crazy night," Methuen police Chief Joseph Solomon tweeted.

The good news, though, was that there were no serious injuries reported in any of the incidents, according to Methuen police Lt. Kevin Martin.

A patient stabbed three staff workers at Holy Family Hospital yesterday with a pair of scissors he obtained from inside the locked Behavioral Health Unit at the hospital, according to police.

The three wounded hospital workers received "superficial non-life threatening stab wounds," Methuen police Captain Randy Haggar said.

A male staff member received his wounds in the process of subduing the suspect, preventing anyone else from being hurt. The situation was under control and the patient was restrained by the time police arrived at the hospital, Haggar said.

Yan Carlos Nunez, 20, of 62 Bowdoin Street, Lawrence, was charged with three counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon (scissors) and three counts of assault with intent to murder.

Nunez remained under police guard in a secure area at the hospital last night, pending a bedside arraignment today.

Police continued to investigate how Nunez obtained the scissors, Haggar said.

Nunez attacked a female staff member, cutting her on the scalp and face. He then stabbed another female worker in the arm. The male staff worker received stab wounds in the shoulder and neck area while restraining Nunez, Haggar said.

"A patient inflicted superficial wounds upon three staff members," Brooke Thurston, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said last night.

"All of them are in stable condition and are expected to make a full recovery. We are fully cooperating with authorities in their investigation," she said.

Haggar said the police have enjoyed "a very good relationship" with Steward Health Care System since the Boston-based company took over the hospital.

At press time last night, police continued their investigation of two reported home invasions.

At around 9 p.m., police responded to a call for a reported home invasion at Ingalls Court. Initial reports had three suspects with handguns fleeing in a tan Infinity on Broadway towards Lawrence.

Lawrence police broadcast Methuen police's the be-on-the-lookout bulletin for the Infinity, then they received a report of a woman getting hit in the face with a handgun and being threatened by two men with handguns on Crosby Street.

Soon after, Methuen police began investigating a second home invasion, this one on Larchwood Road.

Later in the night, Methuen police broadcast a BOLO for a gray 2004 Infinity, with MA plate 3PSH30. They asked that anyone seeing the car to call 911 and not to approach it. The suspects should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.