Judge: Norwalk stabbing suspects decided ‘let’s find somebody to hurt’

One of two suspects arrested after a Norwalk High School student was stabbed Friday evening appeared in court Monday, where a judge said the men allegedly, “decided, ‘Let’s find somebody to hurt whether we know him or not.’”

Marissa Alter

Mar 28, 2023, 12:20 AM

Updated 419 days ago

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One of two suspects arrested after a Norwalk High School student was stabbed Friday evening appeared in court Monday, where a judge said the men allegedly, “decided, ‘Let’s find somebody to hurt whether we know him or not.’”
Dior Sebastian Bell, 21, of Norwalk, was arraigned on charges of assault, conspiracy to commit assault, and loitering on school grounds.
“The allegations in this matter are that the defendant—completely unprovoked—stabbed a 15-year-old boy two times causing a laceration to his liver and a collapsed lung while that boy was playing basketball with his friends outside of Norwalk High School,” Assistant State’s Attorney Elizabeth Moran said.
Norwalk police said it happened around 5 p.m. Friday at the Naramake Elementary School basketball court, which butts up to the high school football field. Police found the victim on the football field with life-threatening injuries.
They arrested Bell, and Tyllis Gay, 21, of Norwalk, shortly after. Gay, who is set to be arraigned Friday, is charged with conspiracy to commit assault and loitering on school grounds. Police said Gay also punched another teen who was playing basketball. In court, Moran said it could've been worse.
“The defendant is alleged to have not only brought a knife to the basketball court but also provided a knife to his friend with the intention of harming practically anyone and everyone who was on that court, Your Honor,” Moran explained.
Moran said Bell has prior convictions for threatening and possession of a weapon in a correctional facility. She called him “an incredible danger to the community” and asked bond be raised to $750,000, which Judge Kevin Randolph granted.
Norwalk Public Schools released a statement Friday night commending police for their swift response. It also said, "We want to remind families that this incident occurred after school hours and the individuals involved were not at Norwalk High School for any school-related events."
Kim Hjelmar has a son at Norwalk High School and also lives nearby. “I mean, it's unsettling that it happened so close—the basketball court where my kid plays. It's scary.”
Hjelmar said her son doesn’t know the victim, “but we're all thinking about him and hoping he makes a full recovery.”
Police did not have an update on the victim’s condition Monday afternoon.
The school district's crisis intervention team was at the high school Sunday to offer support for students, staff, and the community and will remain there throughout the week.


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