Police: Student stabbed at Methuen High School, 2 suspects in custody

Two suspects are in custody after a student was stabbed in the parking lot of Methuen High School on Tuesday afternoon.

The Methuen Police Department tweeted that the primary suspect, 19-year-old Leivi Jose Cruzetta, is a former student at the school.

In an evening press conference, an official said police were able to contact Cruzetta’s cell phone shortly after the incident. When he answered, investigators convinced him to turn himself in.

Cruzetta is being held on $50,000 cash bail.

Massachusetts State Police provided air assistance and police dog support in the initial search for the suspect.

Later Tuesday, WCVB reported that a “second person, Justin Suriel, 18, of Methuen’’ had turned himself in, as well.


The victim was stabbed in the buttocks, according to a tweet from Eagle Tribune reporter Jill Harmacinski.

WCVB later reported that he was treated for his injuries and released.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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