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15-year-old arrested in connection with Vernon stabbing

VERNON — The mugshots of the two adult suspects in the Vernon stabbing incident have been released by Police.  Haley Machholz,19 of Vernon, and Jakwai Sosa, 20 are charged with possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle and are expected to appear in court on September 24 and 16 respectively.

Sosa, Machholz, and a 15-year-old suspect were charged in connection with the stabbing incident that occurred on Friday night.

Police said that the stabbing happened on the Rails to Trails in the area of Ryefield Condos.

The victim was brought to the local area hospital and then transferred to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for non life threatening injuries.

The boy is a student at Rockville High School. It is believed by police that the victim knew the attackers and was not a random act.

“Counselors will be available on Monday at RHS to discuss this incident with students and there will be heightened security in the building,” said Vernon Superintendent of Schools Joseph Macary. “The safety and security of our students and staff in and out of school is our top priority.”

Police said that shortly after the stabbing, they found a car that they believed was involved with the incident. A hunting knife, a baseball bat, and a wooden pole with knives taped to both ends were, found inside.

The 15 year-old is being detained in juvenile detention.

As of the time of this article, no one has been charged with the assault of the victim.

Officers are investigating the incident and are asking anyone with information to please contact them at (860) 872-9126. Callers may remain anonymous.

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