Man charged in July stabbing at Westfield Meriden mall

Man charged in July stabbing at Westfield Meriden mall

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MERIDEN — A city man faces charges after police said he stabbed another man inside a jewelry store at the Westfield Meriden mall in July. 

Gabriel Dejesus, 28, of 233 Sherman Ave., was charged Tuesday with criminal attempt to commit first-degree assault, second-degree assault, carrying a dangerous weapon, first-degree reckless endangerment, and breach of peace. He was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Wednesday. Bond was set at $100,000 and the case was transferred to New Haven Superior Court. 

On July 2, a man was stabbed at Westfield Meriden mall, 470 Lewis Ave., and treated at Hartford Hospital.

The injured man told police the incident began when Dejesus, who he has known for about two years, followed him into a mall jewelry store and charged at him, according to a police report. After the man punched Dejesus, Dejesus pulled a knife from his pants, stabbed him in the torso and fled.

On July 16 Dejesus was charged with carrying a dangerous weapon and first-degree criminal mischief in a separate incident. In that case, Dejesus is accused of swinging a hunting knife at a man and smashing the windows of a car.

Dejesus declined to speak with police about either incident.

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