Local Teen Charged With Washington Street Stabbing
A local teen has been charged with stabbing a man on Washington Street early Thursday morning.
A local teen accused of stabbing a man who asked him to quiet down on Washington Street early Thursday morning denied charges in court Thursday afternoon.
Matthew Schwartz, 18, of 5 Walnut St., Marblehead, pleaded not guilty in Lynn District Court to a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (knife).
At 4:13 a.m., police units responded to 271 Washington St. for a report of three or four men fighting in the street. As they arrived on scene, they learned that one of the individuals had been stabbed in the back, according to court documents.
The alleged victim told police that he went outside after he noticed Schwartz pacing back and forth in the street shirtless, screaming obscenities. He only noticed that Schwartz was waving a knife around when he approached him to have him "move it along," according to police.
When he turned his back on Schwartz to go back home, the alleged victim told police he felt "a punch to his back" and noticed that he had been stabbed when he felt blood pouring through his shirt.
The alleged victim told police that Schwartz had fled the area to an apartment at 148 Pleasant St. When they were searching the area, police reportedly found Schwartz trying to jump a fence in the backyard and ordered him with weapons drawn to the get on the ground.
During the booking process, Schwartz reportedly told police that he attacked the alleged victim because he got "sensitive" and "jealous" and said he "tossed the knife before police got there, I didn't want the police to think I was pulling it on them, I'm not stupid," according to court documents.
Schwartz reportedly registered a .20 blood alcohol reading when he submitted to a test at the station.
The alleged victim was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital where a doctor determined he had suffered a stab wound that was 3 to 4 inches deep, had "missed vital organs by centimeters" and "cut through numerous muscles in the back," according to police.
The knife believed to have been used in the attack has not yet been recovered by police.
A judge ordered Schwartz held without bail Thursday afternoon and scheduled him to return to court on July 27 for a pretrial hearing.