Vernon teen stabbed, 3 arrested who were seeking to retaliate


VERNON, Conn. (WTNH) — Several teenagers were arrested after a 17-year-old in Vernon was found with multiple stab wounds late Friday night.

Police investigation reveals the incident likely occurred at Rails to Trails near the Ryefield Apartment Complex.

At 10:15 p.m., police found a 17-year-old male victim suffering from multiple stab wounds in the torso, legs, and head.

The teenage victim was transferred to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Upon investigation, police determined the stabbing was not a random act.

Vernon officers found a vehicle believed to be in connection to the stabbing at the Terrace Drive Apartment Complex. Police found a hunting knife, a baseball hat and wooden pole with knife blades taped to it in the vehicle.

Police found two adults and one juvenile in the vehicle and arrested Haley Machholz, 19, of Vernon; Jakwai Sosa, 20, of Hartford; and a 15-year-old of Vernon.

Police later said they believe the three individuals were seeking to retaliate against people who originally attacked the 17-year-old.

Jakwai Sosa, 20, of Hartford – Photo: Vernon PD
Haley Machholz, 19, of Vernon. – Photo: Vernon PD

They were charged with Possession of a Weapon in a Motor Vehicle.

Machholz was released on $100,000 bond and will appear in court on Sept. 24.

Sosa is being held on $100,000 bond and is due in court on Sept. 16.

The 15-year-old is being held in juvenile detention.

This incident is under investigation. anyone with information is asked to call Vernon Police at (860) 872-9126.


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