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Fugitive Teen In Westchester HS Stabbing Caught In Alabama

There was an increased police presence outside New Rochelle High School following the stabbing.
There was an increased police presence outside New Rochelle High School following the stabbing. Photo Credit: Zak Failla

Following a four-month manhunt, FBI investigators have tracked down a 15-year-old suspect in Alabama allegedly involved in a stabbing in New Rochelle in January.

At approximately 8:50 a.m. on Jan. 18, the New Rochelle Police Department received a call from security guards at the high school reporting that a stabbing had occurred at the school, and the suspect was seen on video fleeing the building, New Rochelle Police Capt. Robert Gazzola said.

The teen had managed to stay clear of law enforcement for four months until he was arrested on Monday in Alabama, officials said. He is due to be brought back to Westchester at an undisclosed date, where he will be tried of a juvenile offender. As a result, his name has not been released.

The teen is expected to be charged with second-degree attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child. He is being held in a juvenile detention facility in Alabama while the New Rochelle Police Department and the Westchester County District Attorney’s office determine the details of his extradition.

Gazzola said that his 16-year-old victim suffered two puncture wounds to his torso and was been transported to Jacobi Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The stabbing was the third in a string of violent incidents involving New Rochelle High School students over a span of several days in January, including the fatal stabbing of Valaree Schwab. The incidents have led to several security upgrades and a task force designated for improving safety in the district.

It was not clear when the 15-year-old suspect would be returned to New York for processing. This story is developing, keep following Daily Voice for updates.

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