16-year-old stabbed to death in Thiais brawl, three minors in police custody

16-year-old stabbed to death in Thiais brawl, three minors in police custody

On the morning of this Monday, January 16, not far from the Guillaume-Apollinaire high school in Thiais (Val-de-Marne), a teenager attacked two other minors with a knife. One of the two victims died instantly after being wounded in the chest and three minors were taken into custody.

The trail of a new brawl between privileged youth. The facts happened shortly after 8 a.m. this Monday morning, when a minor – part of a group of 5 to 10 people – is said to have attacked two other youths with a knife in Thiais, in Val-de-Marne (94), not far from there Guillaume-Apollinaire High School, we learned from a police source.

Struck in the chest in this attack, one of the two victims died from his injuries. The other victim, also a minor, was injured in the thigh and transported to the Henri-Mondor Hospital in Créteil. His vital prognosis is unsupported, according to prosecutors, who say these two individuals were unknown to police.

The suspect taken into custody

The 16-year-old suspect was recognized by one of the victims. He was then arrested by the police near the Léon-Blum high school in Créteil, where he is studying, and then taken into police custody.

The suspect was already known to the police for “serious acts of violence” and “participation in an armed crowd” committed in May 2021 “when he was 15 years old,” specifies the Paris prosecutor, who in addition to stabbings also invokes humiliation public property.

Already arrested for these facts, he was until now under judicial supervision with a ban on going to Orly (94) on the one hand and Thiais (94) on the other “except for the needs of his schooling”.

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Two other minors, aged 15 and 16, were also arrested and taken into custody. One is not known to police because the second was the subject of a complaint last November for illegal narcotics use, a court source told CNEWS.

A rivalry between neighborhoods

The scenario of a brawl between gangs of rival youths is currently favored, multiple sources close to the investigation said. The suspect, who is from Choisy-le-Roi, mentioned a rivalry between the districts of Thiais and Choisy-le-Roi, two neighboring towns.

According to a police source at AFP, the rivalries between Choisy and Thiais are “historic and current”. There would have been a “meeting” between groups from the two cities on December 20, then more recently on Friday night.

15 people, but not the suspect in Monday’s attack, were actually arrested over the weekend by the Val-de-Marne Territorial Security, including 11 minors, at the Thiais Village shopping center. These young people were arrested during an armed crowd that caused no injuries.

“The investigation continues to identify and arrest the other defendants and to determine the reasons and the precise circumstances of this criminal attack,” said the prosecutor, who already announces that “the nature of the facts will lead to the opening of a judicial Investigation at the end of police custody”.

Many “weapons-capable” objects were discovered on the spot, the public prosecutor finally specified and left no doubt about the intentions of the protagonists. Including two soft drinks, a broken golf club, a piece of wood, but also a knife, “without it being certain at the moment” that it was actually the murder weapon”.

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