Teenager charged in machete attack

HAVERHILL — A Haverhill High School senior has been ­ordered held without bail in what police are calling a gang-related machete attack on two others at a party.

Joan Manuel Mendez-
Sanchez pleaded not guilty Tuesday to attempted murder and assault charges.

School officials said Mendez-Sanchez, 19, has been barred from school pending a resolution of his case.


The Eagle-Tribune news­paper reported a fight broke out at the party Friday night when a teenager became jealous when Mendez-Sanchez was dancing with his girlfriend. Witnesses said that Mendez-Sanchez had not been invited.

Get Fast Forward in your inbox:
Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email.
Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

Witnesses told police that Mendez-Sanchez had injured two people who went to the hospital with serious but not life-threatening wounds.

Mendez-Sanchez denied injur­ing the victims.