Judge Orders Man Accused of Stabbing Murder Held Without Bail; Approves Withholding Details

Haverhill District Court. (WHAV News file photograph.)

The 19-year-old accused of the stabbing murder another man Saturday night in Haverhill pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday in Haverhill District Court.

David Trongeau, who turns 20 next week, was ordered held without bail by Judge Cesar A. Archilla. If he is not indicted first by an Essex County Grand Jury on the murder charge, Trongeau returns to district court via online video Tuesday, Dec. 29.

Information about what transpired Saturday night that led to the death of 26-year-old Jose Vasquez, including police reports, were ordered withheld from the public and news media. They were impounded at the request of Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett’s office.

Trongeau was arrested Monday afternoon by the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section.

Haverhill Police, Fire and ambulance were dispatched Saturday night around to a Marble Street home where they found Vasquez suffering from stab wounds. He was taken to Lawrence General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Trongeau has previously been identified in police reports as having gang ties. Vasquez, himself, was previously freed after being charged in connection with a double stabbing in 2018 in Lafayette Square.

In July 2018, Vasquez and his brother, Gilbert, both then living on High Street, were charged with the double stabbing of men from Methuen and Nashua, N.H., in a Lafayette Square alleyway. According to police, the brothers were said to have “a beef” with the Methuen man, who was stabbed in the abdomen. Charges against the brothers were dismissed after the victims failed to appear for a probable cause court hearing.

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