GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

October 13, 2012

Gloucester Police/Fire: Man, 20, charged in Prospect Street stabbing

By Steven Fletcher Staff Writer
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — A Gloucester man was arrested on assault and battery charges after he allegedly stabbed another man at the corner of Prospect and Mount Vernon streets.

According to police, the Addison Gilbert Hospital staff called at 6:40 p.m. to report it had a man in the emergency room with a “serious stab wound” in his left shoulder. The man told police that, 40 minutes earlier, he was driving with a few friends down Prospect Street and recognized Jeury Fernandez, 20, of 13 Staten St., walking there.

He said Fernandez had “sucker punched” him three weeks ago and he got out and started arguing with him. The argument turned into a fight, and the man said he punched Fernandez in the face.

The fight ended, however, when the man realized he was bleeding from his left arm. He then left and drove to the hospital.

Officers found Fernandez on Staten Street with his cousin. He told officers that he had slashed the man, but said he did it in self-defense. He was arrested and taken to the station. There, he told officers that he was trying to protect himself and had slashed the man with a small box cutter. He told police he hid the knife in some dirt near a house on Maple Street.

Fernandez was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; no charges were filed against the reporting victim.

Gloucester K-9 unit Jerome Ciolino and the police dog Trident found the knife where Fernandez said he’d buried it, beneath leaves on Maple Street.

Police are seeking criminal complaints for speeding and driving to endanger against a Lynn man who allegedly fell asleep at the wheel, drove over the center of Grant Circle, and then crashed into a guardrail Friday around 2:20 a.m.

While parked in the center of Grant Circle, a police officer noticed a car driving at 75 miles per hour coming down the Northbound lane of Route 128 and cross over the grass divider. The car continued to move at high speed heading straight for the cruiser. At the last minute, the car turned and sped across the paved rotary before crashing into the guard rail.

As police approached, the man, Michel Diaz, 29, of 40 Ocean Ave. in Lynn, got out of the car and appeared dazed. Police noticed his head looked injured and helped him to an ambulance.

He told officers he had fallen asleep while driving as he approached Grant Circle on his way in to visit his girlfriend. Fire Department paramedics transported him to Beverly Hospital.

Addison Gilbert Hospital staff called police after a patient ran away from the emergency room Friday at 1 a.m.

Officers searched the surrounding streets and found the man walking toward Grant Circle on Washington Street. The man was calm when police found him and let them take him back to the emergency room. He agreed to take a sedative and wait for a counselor.

Steven Fletcher may be contacted at 1-978-283-7000 x3455, or sfletcher@gloucestertimes.com. Follow him on Twitter at @stevengdt.