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1 arrested, 2 sought after Methuen High School student is stabbed

A student at Methuen High School was stabbed during an altercation in the school parking lot this afternoon, leading to one arrest and two other suspects being sought by police, officials said.

Leivi Jose Cruzetta, 19, is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He is to be arraigned Wednesday in Lawrence District Court and is being held on $50,000 bail, police said.

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The victim was taken to Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, but is expected to be released shortly, police said.

At about 2 p.m., three suspects were involved in the stabbing of an 18-year-old male student at the school, police said.

Two school service officers posted at the school and the adjacent Timony Grammar School responded immediately to the parking lot and chased the three suspects into the woods behind the high school, said Methuen School Superinteindent Judith Scannell.

Police did not believe students in either school to be at risk, and did not lock down the schools.

“No students were in danger whatsoever,” said Scannell.

Jim Giuca, the principal of Methuen High School, said that students in the parking lot were able to give police the suspect’s name. Cruzetta is a former student at the school, police said.

Methuen police contacted Cruzetta with the assistance of the State Police gang apprehension unit. Cruzetta later turned himself in to police, Methuen Police Chief Joe Solomon said in a video press briefing.

Police are still seeking the other two suspects, one of whom has been identified, said Solomon.

State Police provided a K-9 unit, as well as a helicopter, for a perimeter search, police said.

The incident was not gang-related, police said. Police are investigating the connection between Cruzetta and the victim.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at Follow her on twitter @jacktemp
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