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Braintree man held without bail in TD Garden stabbing

Brandon Jones, 20, of Braintree faces a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe/Globe Freelance

A 20-year-old Braintree man was ordered held without bail Friday after his arraignment in Boston Municipal Court on charges that he stabbed another man inside the TD Garden during the Boston Celtics game Wednesday night, prosecutors said.

Brandon Jones, who was arrested Thursday in Braintree, faces a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, police said in a statement.

Bail was set at $50,000, but Jones’s open bail on two other cases in Quincy District Court was revoked; he was also held without bail pending a probation surrender hearing on a third case from Quincy, the Suffolk district attorney’s office said in a statement.


His next hearing is slated for April 14.

Defense lawyer Steven J. Topazio said the investigation was ongoing and he wanted to review surveillance video of the fracas. “Before you can draw a conclusion, you’ve got to see all the evidence,” he said.

Jones “wasn’t the one who committed this act,” he said in a telephone interview.

Police responded to a call at about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday reporting a person stabbed inside the TD Garden during the game between the Celtics and the Memphis Grizzlies.

The attack happened in Section 311, one of the balcony sections at the very top of the sports arena.

The 21-year-old victim told police he came to the aid of a friend who was in an argument. The victim said Jones appeared to be waving a box cutter in his friend’s direction. The victim said he pushed Jones away from his friend, causing Jones to fall. Jones then got back onto his feet and attacked the victim with the box cutter, according to a police report.

The victim said he initially thought he had been punched in the side, but looked down and realized he had been stabbed, the report said.


The victim was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, authorities said.

Jones also faces a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon for slashing at the victim’s friend and a charge of possession of a Class B substance, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said.


Man stabbed at Celtics game at TD Garden, police say

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