Nashua man charged with home invasion

TYNGSBOROUGH, Massachusetts – Dequan Hagen, 19, of Nashua, turned himself in late Friday amid allegations he committed a Thursday home invasion and stabbing in Tyngsborough, Massachusetts.

“I want to reassure Tyngsborough residents that this was not a random crime” Police Chief Richard Howe said. “We have no reason to believe that the public is in danger.”

At 8:13 p.m. Thursday, officers were dispatched to a home on Frost Road for a report of a past stabbing. Upon arrival, a responding officer learned that a 17-year-old male had been transported to an area hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening as a result of a stab wound to his abdomen.

Police initiated an on-scene investigation and determined that a suspect, who was positively identified as Hagen, had come to the victim’s home to purchase a pair of sneakers. An altercation began after Hagen allegedly attempted to flee the home without paying for the shoes.

Officers observed damage to a door to the home’s garage as well as blood on the floor. After further investigation, officers determined Hagen fled to his vehicle after the attempted theft and returned with a knife. He then allegedly forced his way into the home and assaulted the victim.

After the assault, Hagen fled in a silver sedan.

The victim was later taken by medical helicopter to a Boston area hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

This incident remains under investigation.

Howe wishes to remind residents that the Tyngsborough Police Department is available as a safe meeting spot for those completing online transactions in town. A sign in front of the police station indicates the designated location of the meeting spot.

Officials said Hagen’s full list of charges will include armed robbery, home invasion, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon and malicious destruction of property over $1,200.