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PD: Meriden Teens Involved in Fatal Stabbing Were the Aggressors

Police release more details in the double stabbing on Sept. 21 that lead to the death of 15-year-old Meriden resident DeAndre Felton.

The man who stabbed two Meriden teenagers outside Midstate Medical Center last month had been attacked by the teens in a random encounter on Kensington Avenue just moments before, according to new information from the Meriden Police Department.

One of the teens, 15-year-old DeAndre Felton, died from fatal injuries sustained in the 9:30 p.m. stabbing on Sept. 21.

The other, a 13-year-old city teen, still remains hospitalized with injuries, police said.

The Police Investigation So Far

In a lengthy news release issued Wednesday morning, Meriden police explain how the investigation points to both Felton and the other teenager as the aggressors in the stabbing incident.

The teens were hanging out with a group of friends at the Westfield Shopping Town Plaza in Meriden Square on Lewis Street just before the encounter.

When the mall closed, the group gathered in the parking lot, at which point Felton and the 13-year-old, whom the witnesses claimed were both “high,” made statements that they wanted to “look for trouble” and “beat someone up,” the news release said.

During a walk through the pedestrian access gate at a Midstate parking lot, Felton and the other teen broke away from the group and ran toward a man who was walking east on Kensington Avenue.

Police said the two teens jumped the man and, moments later, Felton and the 13-year-old teen ran back to the group at which point they collapsed from stab wounds. The witnesses told police they didn’t know this attack was going to happen.

It was at this point that Meriden police got a 911 call from an anonymous female caller reporting that two teens were stabbed on Kensington Avenue.

Police Speak to the Alleged Stabber

The male pedestrian, who police did not name, ran away from the two teens in an opposite direction after the stabbing, police said.

Police and emergency responders from Midstate arrived shortly thereafter and rushed both Felton and the other teen to the nearby hospital. Felton died of his injuries that night, while the 13-year-old was rushed to Hartford Hospital where he still is currently.

Investigators collected tangible evidence from the scene, including video surveillance footage, police said. That evidence helped police identify a “person of interest” within 22 hours of the incident, the news release said.

The man cooperated with police, giving a statement that was consistent with the other teen witnesses’ accounts, and handing over the pocketknife that was used in the stabbing, police said.

“He was not aware that he had inflicted a mortal injury to one of his attackers,” the news release said. “He became visibly shaken and upset when he learned that DeAndre Felton had died.”

The Ongoing Investigation

According to the news release, police chose to hold off on releasing this information out of respect of the families’ right to mourn and on the advice of community leaders.

“Many within our community are deeply affected by this incident,” police said. “We have taken these measures so that all members of the Meriden community will remain confident that all the Department’s efforts are intended to ensure a complete and impartial investigation.”

Meriden police have been in contact with the Office of the New Haven State’s Attorney since early in this investigation. 

They said all of the evidence gathered and evaluated — including results from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner — will be forwarded to the state’s attorney’s office for a “comprehensive prosecutorial review and legal determination as to the propriety and specifics of what criminal charges may be filed.”

Sad Mama January 03, 2013 at 04:33 AM
First of all, I would like to say this and then I am off this dumb site. You people have no clue as to what happen. At the end of the day neither does the meriden p.d. because if they were doing their jobs right this MURDERER would be in prison. Are any of you idiots really following this case????? Or are you just putting pieces to a puzzle that doesn't fit. NOONE attacked that MONSTER, I don't care what the police say. They have no REAL FACTS to this case, other than one child is dead and other is stabbed up trying to get back to a normal childhood. BREAKING NEWS: My Son didn't attack anyone, he is a victim. That MURDERER is lying. Those Kids are lying, even worst the meriden police no that these kids are lying. Most importantly, has anyone here noticed that this MONSTER sounds disturbed. No, probably not, because you people are so quick to judge point fingers at the little Black Boys that your blinded by the truth. I Hate This Town and everything it stands for. These so called city official should all resign from their positions. I see wht the FBI is in town. I hope the clean house so our children would be safe again. I have NEVER had a problem with my child going to the mall and hanging out with his friends. They are good kids, teenagers for God sake. You people ought to be ashamed of yourselves, making comments like that.
Sad Mama January 03, 2013 at 04:54 AM
@Russ g, your statistics are probably right. Not agruing with that. What I will say it that I font feel nor look like a fool for defending my son. At the end of the day that is MY BABY, I will defend him to the death of me. As far as my son being a little gangster NEVER, as far as being an aggressor NEVER honey. Living in meriden I have ALWAYS treated people with respect. As well as my son.Not all black are the same. MY SON DIDN'T ATTACK ANYONE. THIS MURDERER IS LYING. I just pray and hope someone sees this and do something about because this is sad. People can just commit a crime and just get away with it. I have more question... Where is the solid proof. Show me solid proof then I will be believe it. Meridn your not playing a dumby now. Show me something or LEAVE MY SON ALONE. Thank You!
Frank Burns January 19, 2013 at 09:40 PM
"deandre wasnt a threat to this world but the "victim" was because HE was the one carrying the knife." Wow. Okay, so two punks who randomly assault innocent passersby are NOT a "threat to this world," but a man who carries a POCKETKNIFE, of all things, is. Every time I think I've seen the most retarded comment possible, somebody like you comes along and proves me wrong. RIP Deandre, Rot in Pieces.
Frank Burns January 19, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Well, we know from your post that you're illiterate. but that's not surprising. We also know that you are obviously either delusional or just a pathological liar. There is no "MURDERER" in this case, just a working man who defended himself against your stupid, violent little animal. You need to be brought up on charges for having raised that little POS and infected the world with it. But, according to you, everybody is lying, included your little POS's own friends, other eyewitnesses, the police, and video. Yeah, good luck with that, mammy.

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