17-Year-Old Life Guard Recovering In Worcester After Being Stabbed On Duty


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WORCESTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A 17-year-old life guard is recovering on Monday after being stabbed in Worcester on Sunday night.

Worcester Police said they were called to Bell Pond at about 6:30 p.m. on Sunday for a report of several men attacking the lifeguard on duty.

Officers arriving on scene found a small group of people smoking and drinking in the park -- who they told to stop drinking or leave.

Several members of the group did leave, but one became verbally aggressive and began making threats. He then came back later and attacked the victim by hitting him with a stick and stabbing him.

After a foot pursuit in the area of Wilson Street, police arrested 22-year-old Celestine Bigirimana of Worcester on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, trespassing, resisting arrest, and possession of an open container of alcohol.

Three other Worcester residents were also arrested in connection with the attack, including 23-year-old Melquan Jefferson, 19-year-old Mohamed Abdullahi and a 17-year old juvenile.

The group is set to be arraigned in court this week.

WBZ's Art Cohen (@artcohenboston) reports:

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