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Four arrested in connection with stabbing of teenage lifeguard

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    WORCESTER, Massachusetts (WCVB) — Four people were arrested Sunday evening in Worcester after a 17-year-old lifeguard was stabbed during a confrontation, police said.

Investigating officers learned that a small group was drinking and smoking in the park at Bell Pond and were told they had to stop or they would be asked to leave.

“Several members of the group left without incident, but one person was verbally aggressive and threatening. This male left the park but came back later with a small group and attacked the victim,” police said in a statement.

The lifeguard was hit with a stick and stabbed at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Police searched the area for suspects. After a chase, they arrested Celestine Bigirimana, 22, in the area of Wilson Street. He faces charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, trespassing, resisting arrest and possession of an open container of alcohol.

Other officers spotted three men emerging from the woods and entering East Park. They were detained and later arrested in connection with the attack.

Melquan Jefferson, 23; Mohamed Abdullahi, 19; and a 17-year-old face charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and disturbing the peace.

The pond remained closed on Monday.

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