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Police say fake drug deal led to Litchfield stabbing
LITCHFIELD — A local man who was found lying in the roadway suffering from multiple stab wounds last month has now been arrested in connection with the incident.
Johnathan Mandravelis, 24, of 105 Pinecrest Road, was arrested and charged with armed robbery and criminal liability for the conduct of another, both felonies.
According to police, Mandravelis and his friend, Jeremy McCabe, 27, of 14 Whitney St., unit 7, Nashua, allegedly set up a drug transaction in an attempt to steal cash from a third individual, Damon Christian.
“They had planned to rob him,” said Police Chief Joseph O’Brion, adding there were never any drugs involved.
The fake drug deal went terribly wrong on March 16 when Christian entered a car parked at Darrah Pond and occupied by Mandravelis and McCabe, according to police.
Mandravelis allegedly pulled out a folded pocket-knife and threatened Christian while McCabe allegedly tried to choke Christian in an attempt to steal his cash, say court documents on file at the 9th Circuit Court, Merrimack District Division.
Christian, however, was able to retrieve the knife from Mandravelis, and in an act of self-defense began swinging the knife wildly while trying to flee the vehicle, said O’Brion.
Christian is not being charged in connection with the stabbing, according to police.
During the incident, Mandravelis was stabbed at least two times in his arms and has since been released from Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, where he was previously listed in serious condition.
McCabe has also been arrested and is facing felony charges of armed robbery, second-degree assault and criminal liability for the conduct of another.
Both McCabe and Mandravelis are being held at the Valley Street jail on $50,000 cash bail and $20,000 cash bail, respectively.
Mandravelis will be back in court Thursday for a probable cause hearing, and McCabe will return on April 9, according to court records.
Police used cameras that were recently installed in local cruisers to help identify some of the individuals involved in the stabbing.
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