New Rochelle High School Stabbing Suspect Charged with Attempted Murder

The teenage student has been arrested and charged with attempted murder after he was accused of stabbing a classmate in New Rochelle High School in January and fleeing the state.

The 15-year-old was arraigned on Thursday at Westchester County’s juvenile detention center in Valhalla on felony charges of second-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault, as well as misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and child endangerment in the Jan. 18 attack. 

The suspect, whose name is undisclosed because of his age, is being prosecuted as a juvenile offender in County Court, a designation that permits someone under the age of 16 accused of a violent felony to be tried in criminal court. 

He was arrested by the FBI in a relative’s home in Gadsden, Alabama, last week, and Westchester County Police warrants squad picked him and took him back to Westchester. 

According to the county District Attorney’s Office, the suspect was remanded to the juvenile center after his arraignment.

The suspect has a past of violence in the school district, including another stabbing in May 2016 when he attended Isaac E. Young Middle School, legal documents and New Rochelle police stated. 

The attack that occurred on January 18 was the third assault in an eight-day span involving New Rochelle High School students.

Valaree Schwab, 16, was fatally stabbed at the Dunkin Donuts on North Avenue on January 10. Four New Rochelle High School students have been arrested in Schwab’s death, including Z’inah Brown, who is accused of stabbing her with a steak knife. 

According to the police, on January 17, the suspect in the January 18 stabbing was assaulted by a group of teenagers at Gemelli Pizzeria on North Avenue. 

Police also said the January 18 attack in the school happened around 8:50 a.m. The victim was taken to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx and treated for a punctured lung and a lacerated spleen.

The spate of violence led to increased security measures at the school at 265 Clove Road.

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