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.”

russ g October 05, 2012 at 05:45 AM
and to the Guy saying they weren't going to kill him- HOW THE HELL DO U KNOW THAT? if they were simply robbing him they wouldn't have attacked him like that. how was he supposed to know they weren't going to kill him? look at the 19 year old from Uconn who died from a single unprovoked blow to the head last year. so don't you say they weren't going to kill him. I would use whatever weapen I had against an attacker before I'd let them give me permanent brain damage or worse. the kids these days know they wont get life sentences like they will after there 18. look at the murder in Hamden that occored a few months back. a juvenile shoots a volunteer who works with the mentally disabled to death and his identity is protected because he isn't 18 yet. he will likely be released in his 20s if not sooner, likely to do it again. these kids listen to rap music and think its cool to go kill someone because there favorite rappers are talking about doing it.
Billy bob October 05, 2012 at 01:39 PM
To really be honest no one knows the REAL story, cause I'm 100% sure there's some thing left out or the whole story was not told. Also Deandre had no wepon on him. Like I said no one knows how Deandre grew up. Once again these kids are like this cause of the OLDER GENERATION .... there parents. You mean to tell me, if your kids did this you would totally be on the guys side? Father more you don't even know if that's the real whole truth of the story?
russ g October 05, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I'm saying yes if I was this kid my mother would side with the victim. people in the Hood are ignorant. when I got in fights in school (never started them) the parents of the other kid always side with their own kid. my mom never automatically took my side. she waits until she hears the whole story. my mom called the cops on me as a kid when she found pot in my room. degenerate parents in the Hood smoke pot with there kids. and as far as you saying we don't know how he grew up- his mom gave insight when she said " I raised him to be a good boy not a troublemaker"
Mother of 4 October 05, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Everyone has good points! We dont know the real story so instead of pointing fingers how about we come togeather and try to fix the problem! Kids are out of control and some parents need to step up more all this is true. As a community we should try and make sure this never happens again! Things have only gotten worst in Meriden and if all we do is bicker then change will never come! My heart goes out to everyone involved!
russ g October 05, 2012 at 03:11 PM
and being "totally on the guys side" and calling for him to be jailed when he was minding his own business before being attack. my mother wouldn't be looking like a dam fool on tv saying the Guy. should be charged and brought to justice. the real victim is the Guy who defended his life and now is receiving death threats. anyone who sides with the mother should go get jumped by 2 black kids so they can see just how they react in that situation. also who's to say that if he didn't stab them that they wouldnt have wrestled it from him and stabbed him with it? me and all my friends knew better when we were 12. it was all the kids that didn't give a crap that are dead and in jail. I heard this was all part of a gang initiatihe the morning after the attack, so even if he has survived look at what he was aspiring to become. lets hear the pastor say that if he was still alive next year he would be doing good and on his way to college and not gangbanging and selling drugs like the. majority of meridens blacks and hispanics. go take a walk around the Hood a look how friendly they are to you. 1 in 3 black men are incarcerated in their lifetime. 70% of high s hool
gordan October 05, 2012 at 04:30 PM
a couple of knuckle draggers got what they deserved. they looked for a fight and they ended on the wrong end of it. the world is better off without them.
russ g October 05, 2012 at 04:33 PM
. 70% of high shool arrests are made on black and Hispanic students. statistics show blacks are 7x more likely to murder than whites. black's are 39x more likely to commit a crime against a white than vise versa. 35,000 black on white rapes were reported last year (meaning over 100 white women are raped by black men every day in the usa, with just 9 (yes, 9) white on black rapes reported. 3000 black on white gang rapes each year, and white on black gangrape is so rare that there isn't even a statistic for it. an unfortunate truth is that the single best indicator of violent crime in an area is the percentage of blacks and Hispanics living in that area. 45% of victims of black violence are white. however only 3% of victims of white violence are black. blacks make up 16.3% of the united states however they make up over 60% of the prison population .now I'm sure some. ignorant fools will see this and call it racist but these are the facts. its not racist to acknowledge these facts, its ignorant to turn a blind eye to it.
Johnny Doe October 05, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Some of us were raised to understand and respect the FACT that if you look for trouble you may soon find it's bigger, quicker, stronger and more deadly than you are. If you make the choice a fool makes, you pay the price a fool pays.
King Justice October 08, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Many of you are making unfounded and ignorant statements! As the 13yo said "if they have video footage it will show we did nothing wrong!" This man is a murderer! This is why he tried to get away with it and did not call the police. If these were white kids and the perpetrator was black it would be an entirely different story!!! Steve Vitale and Russ G, where that happened it is far from the HOOD!
lexi October 09, 2012 at 04:06 PM
the thing is DeAndre was a really good kid!!! i knew him and stuff like this really shouldn't be said. he rarely got in trouble and the one time he decides to he gets stabbed and killed. its not like him and his friend (who i also know) had weapons on them, they didnt pull anything on the guy. they guy could have just punched them off or yelled for help not turned around and stabbed both of them. DeAndre was a really nice kid and always made everyone smile and laugh and its horrible that he isnt here anymore. the death of a kid is never something that is deserved, even if they did jump someone. he was an amazing friend and he messed up once, now hes dead. R.I.P DeAndre.
Jennifer October 10, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Can we get some real facts and proof before people start blaming and defending the wrong people. I don't believe a THING the Meriden Police Department says! They are crooked as they come. Watch the news much?
Jennifer October 10, 2012 at 11:53 AM
King Justice, you are right! Where's the video? Show it to us. Hmmmm. I want to know why they had to go find this guy 22 hours later if he was attacked. I want to know. Doesn't sound right to me at all. He's so innocent? Really? Then why did he run and hide? Just someone answer that.
Momma October 11, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Wow.... Just read all the comments and it is so sad,,,my heart bleeds for everybody involved,,, although from what it appears these boys were beyond outta control,,, I myself was an asshole punk at times growing up... Fortunately I was able to grow up... I feel so much sorrow not only for the families of the boys,, but for the victim as well,, because he has to live with the fact he killed a child,,, on the other hand,, I believe the second boy should be charged and punished as a juvenile for the murder of his friend,,I have a 14 year old who shared classes w deandre,, these kids need a loud and clear message that this isn't ok and violence and punk ass thug behavior has real consequences,, regardless of race creed age or color,, justice is justice and unfortunately no one is a winner here!! Sad
David OSteen October 16, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Mabey it will be you who gets jumped next time,or your wife or your kids and we'll see how much compassion you have! Im sure he didnt know it would be a life ending choice lets see if his partner in crime has learned anything from this!
David OSteen October 16, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Your an idiot !!!!! mabey the next time it will be you or your wife or kids these kids went looking for trouble and found it.
David OSteen October 16, 2012 at 07:21 PM
King Justice I guess you must be slow or retarted! The two thuggs ran up and attacked this man getting off from work, something you probably know little about.His hoodlum freinds even told the police what they planned on doing it just turned out bad this time for both because, the other boy can be charged with murder now.
kandy October 17, 2012 at 12:06 AM
He defended himself, the threat was neutralized, no need to call 911.
kandy October 17, 2012 at 12:08 AM
All youths have friends video tape the attacks to put up on world star hip hop. Find the friends, take the phones, get the proof.
kandy October 17, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Why call the police when the attackers were neutralized. The police are not needed at that point. I carry a pocket knife, and I also carry a firearm. I am a normal person who doesn't want to end up like Colton Gleason and all the others who've been maimed or killed because of games like polar bear hunting, knockout king, and beat whitey night.
kandy October 17, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Their friends probably destroyed the memory cards on their phones after the attack went south. Maybe one will get stupid and post it on World Star Hip Hop.
kandy October 17, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Jesse Jean Smithers didn't have a weapon when he killed Colton Gleason. When a person is attacked and is in fear for their life, the attacker may be killed and it would be legal.
kracker October 18, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Mark October 18, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Absolutely you file a police report, If not for anything less than giving your side of the issue. Regardless of his lack of filing a report it seems the evidence proves that a man defended himself from an attack that could have and most likely WOULD have proven fatal or at "least" causing severe physical injury to himself. He was totally correct in defending himself with what he had to hand in this case a pocket knife.
Makman November 24, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Ok for all you with an ounce of brain. Look up Matthew Chew. Then get back to me about how these were just children.
lexi November 27, 2012 at 04:54 PM
alright makman i look up matthew chew and the stories are almost completely different. in chew's case all the boys were not minors..in this case the boys are minors. also deandre wasnt really threatening this mans life, but yet DEANDRE was the one stabbed and killed. the police DIDNT find any weapon on deandre or his friend. yeah the guy may not have known that but why the hell would u pull a knife out on someone who is obviously a kid. he could have just pushed them off or called the cops, but he DIDNT do that. deandre wasnt a threat to this world but the "victim" was because HE was the one carrying the knife..DUHHH and for kracker...you burn in hell.. the one thing deandre does wrong he was killed for. he didnt deserve it and if there is a heaven or hell, he is in heaven. you will be the one rotting and burning in hell. deandre was so nice, if u knew him you would know that but you dont so u wouldnt. we cant get him back but something should have happened to this guy. its a shame. R.I.P deandre
Makman November 27, 2012 at 08:35 PM
In order to use lethal force the requirement is: Was the person being attacked in fear for his life? It does not matter the size, age or whether or not they were armed. If a person is being attacked and is in fear for his life, he has the right to use lethal force. I pointed out Matthew Chew because there is a series of attacks going on around the country by young people for no other reason than entertainment. It is going by the name of The Knockout Game, Polar Bear Hunting. From everything I have read about this incident, it fits the pattern.
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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