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Police Officer William T. Donovan and another officer yesterday inspect 75 -77 North St. (T&G Staff / CHRISTINE PETERSON)

City man dies of multiple wounds

By Scott J. Croteau and Anna L. Griffin TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
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WORCESTER- A 20-year-old city man died Saturday night after being stabbed repeatedly in the chest during a fight on North Street.

Police said Jean H. Mathieu Jr. was involved in a fight with another man in the area between 75 and 79 North St. sometime around 9:30 p.m.

Authorities were called for a report of a fight involving as many as 30 people, Detective Capt. Edward J. McGinn Jr. said.

When police arrived there were a few people milling about, but the fight had cleared, police spokesman Sgt. Kerry F. Hazelhurst said. At about 9:40 p.m., authorities received a call from UMass Memorial Medical Center - Memorial Campus on Belmont Street, reporting a man at the hospital with multiple stab wounds. The victim was taken to the emergency room where he died some 10 minutes later.

Sgt. Hazelhurst said friends and family drove the man to the hospital.

"We do have a definitive suspect and we will be seeking an arrest warrant this morning in court for the homicide," Capt. McGinn said. He would not release the name of the suspect last night.

Capt. McGinn said a group had gathered at 77 North St. and a fight began after comments were made to some of the people. Capt. McGinn said the suspect and Mr. Mathieu did know each other, and the fight was among "acquaintances."

Mr. Mathieu and the suspect were involved in the fight when the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed Mr. Mathieu several times in the chest, Capt. McGinn said. He would not comment on how many times the victim was stabbed or if investigators have found the weapon.

Police interviewed witnesses yesterday and are working on a motive behind the attack, according to Sgt. Hazelhurst.

A city man was also arrested for allegedly throwing a rock at one of the witnesses.

Daniel Parke, 21, of Worcester, was charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

The location where the stabbing took place is bordered by property under the control of the Worcester Housing Authority. Several people who live at the complex said it has seen it's share of trouble. "We have our problems, but not like this," said one woman who has lived at the complex for more than a decade."

The woman said she did not witness the incident, but heard about it from other family members.

A young man who lives at the complex said he and many others had gathered to witness the alleged assailant and the victim engage in what was described as a friendly boxing match. The match was held in a parking lot at the complex under a basketball hoop, witnessed by many people, one of whom shot a video of the match. Police have the video and are using it as part of their investigation, officers said.

The witness said the men and a group of others returned to 77 North St., a multifamily dwelling that can only be accessed by Sigourney Street, adjacent to the Worcester Housing Authority complex. Steps lead from the housing authority property to 77 North St.

"Something happened," the young man said. "There was a fight because they all came back here," referring to a part of the complex where the match had been.

"He was bleeding, you could see he was hurt," the young man said, pointing to a trail of blood along one of the buildings.

The young man said at that point, the man's sister - who was also at the event - drove her car out of the parking lot and onto the grass.

The victim was placed in the car and the woman sped away.

A check at the last known address for Mr. Mathieu failed to turn up anyone who would comment.

A Becker College student was stabbed to death on Sept. 21 after a fight that started in a North Ashland Street apartment spilled onto the streets. William J. Smith, 19, of Maryland, was stabbed once in the chest around 2 a.m. at the corner of North Ashland and Dix streets. He was at a party that began at 59 North Ashland St. when a group of men showed up.

Andre J. Thompson, 19, of 56 Edgeworth St., Apt. 23, has been charged with attacking Mr. Smith the morning of the stabbing. He is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, armed assault with intent to murder and assault with a dangerous weapon in Central District Court. The killing of Mr. Smith remains under investigation and no one has been charged with his death.

Police Chief Gary J. Gemme expressed his concerns about the use of knives during crimes after the Becker College stabbing.

"Once again this demonstrates the increased use of knives in the city and the growing trend when there is a fight, knives are being introduced," Sgt. Hazelhurst said. "Sometimes, at the heat of the moment, an individual uses a knife and does not think of the ramifications."

"Once again this demonstrates the increased use of knives in the city and the growing trend when there is a fight, knives are being introduced," Sgt. Hazelhurst said. "Sometimes, at the heat of the moment, an individual uses a knife and does not think of the ramifications."
Not to mention, why carry a gun that you can get locked up for, when you can carry a knife all day long?
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