Recently released police reports show that bloody cheese fries led to the Meriden Police Department to find the man involved in a double stabbing in September that left one teen dead and another seriously wounded.
On the night of Sept. 21, the Meriden police Department received a 911 call from a woman who said two young men had been stabbed on Kensington Avenue near Midstate Medical Center.
Police said there was an officer at the hospital investigating an unrelated incident, and that officer quickly responded to the scene.
Medical staff quickly began rendering aid to both teenagers, but 15-year-old DeAndre Felton died from his injuries.
The other person stabbed was a 13-year-old boy, identified as DeShawn Jones. He was brought to Hartford Hospital where he underwent surgery for serious injuries and has since been released.
The Meriden Police Department quickly secured the scene and spoke with several witnesses, which helped them identify a person of interest within 22 hours of the double stabbing.
According to the police report, a blood trail was found, which led to a garbage can at the employee entrance to Midstate Medical Center. Inside the garbage can, police discovered a bloody plastic bag containing food from Charley's Grilled Subs.
Police later found out through security cameras that the man worked at the mall and always went in to order cheese fries.
The man told investigators that he had been too scared to call police initially, but told them he had tried to avoid the large group.
Soon, he was tackled down by one teen while being punched by the other. That's when he said he took out his pocket knife.
Witnesses to the double stabbing gave consistent accounts as to what happened prior to, during and after the incident.
The witnesses told police that Felton and Jones had been with them, as a group, at the Meriden Mall on Lewis Avenue prior to the double stabbing.
When the mall closed, the witnesses told police that they all gathered in the parking lot of the mall, where Felton and Jones, whom the witnesses claimed were both "high," made statements to the effect that they wanted to "look for trouble" and "beat someone up."
According to the report, Felton and Jones ran down the sidewalk and snuck up behind the man who was walking ahead of them in the same direction. It is unclear who did what, but one of the teenagers put the man into a choke hold. And according to witnesses, it "looked like they were fighting."
State's Attorney Michael Dearington said the unidentified man was "not an aggressor, but was indeed an innocent victim." The man is not being named for his protection.
"He was a stranger to the two assailants [Felton and Jones] and apparently had never had any contact or association with either and posed no threat to them that evening," Dearington stated in a previous report. "Accordingly, it is concluded that [the victim] should not be charged with a commission of a crime with respect to this tragic incident.
The report stated that when police interviewed the man who stabbed Felton and Jones that he had not known Felton died. When he heard the news, police said he began to cry.
Jones, the teen that survived being stabbed, will not face charges in regards to this case, according to officials.
A friend of DeShawn's family said they will be making a public comment in the future.
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