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[Updated] Police Make Arrest in Fatal Stabbing of West Hartford Man

[Updated, Jan. 6, 2016] 

By Ronni Newton

Hartford resident Tequile Walwyn, 19, was arraigned in Hartford Superior Court on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, on one count of murder in the stabbing death of West Hartford resident Jonathan Douglin. Judge Edward J. Mullarkey set bail at $250,000.

According to court records, Walwyn has not posted bail and is still being held.

The Hartford Courant has reported that if Walwyn posts bail, he must “be under house arrest and be electronically monitored.”

The stabbing took place in the early hours of New Year’s Day at a party that both Douglin and Walwyn were attending at the Eight Sixty Custom Skate Shop at 41 Francis Ave. in Hartford.

The Courant reports that according to the arrest warrant, witnesses saw “Douglin bump into Walwyn by accident. The two then got into a shoving match that lasted about a minute and ended when Douglin’s friend broke it up, according to the warrant.” Douglin was fatally stabbed during that shoving match, according to the warrant, and collapsed after walking out of the party.

According to the Courant, witnesses saw Walwyn with a “green folding knife,” but Hartford Police have not recovered a weapon.

Family and friends remembered Douglin at a vigil outside a makeshift memorial on Francis Avenue in Hartford on Tuesday evening.

A second candlelight vigil will be held Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Sterling Field, right behind Charter Oak International Academy in West Hartford. Douglin attended elementary school at Charter Oak and also played may youth football games at Sterling Field. Douglin later played football while a student at Conard High School.

Original Story

A 19-year-old Hartford man has been taken into custody and will be arraigned on murder charges Tuesday.

Tequile Walwyn. Photo courtesy of Hartford Police

Tequile Walwyn. Photo courtesy of Hartford Police

Hartford Police announced Monday that they have arrested a suspect in the stabbing death of 20-year-old West Hartford resident Jonathan Douglin.

Tequile Walwyn, 19, of Hartford turned himself into Hartford Police at approximately 11 a.m. Monday after learning that police had a warrant for his arrest, Deputy Chief Brian Foley said. He has been charged with one count of murder with bail currently set at $250,000 cash or surety.

Douglin, a West Hartford resident and former Conard High School football player was fatally stabbed at approximately 12:09 a.m. on New Year’s Day in the vicinity of 41 Francis Ave. in Hartford.

According to Foley, Douglin had been attending an event at the makeshift indoor skate park Eight Sixty which had been rented out for a private dance party. Foley said that several disturbances over a woman had broken out that night at the venue.

Hartford Police responded to a 911 call reporting a stabbing and found Douglin suffering from stab wounds to his abdomen and chest, Foley said. He was transported to Hartford Hospital where he was pronounced dead by an attending physician at 1:11 a.m.

Hartford Police Department Major Crimes Division and Crime Scene Division took over the investigation and were able to quickly identify and interview several witnesses, Foley said.

The arrest warrant for Walwyn was signed Monday morning, police said.

Walwyn, who just turned 19 on Dec. 30, 2015, will be arraigned in Hartford Superior Court on Tuesday. He has no previous arrest record with Hartford Police, Foley said in an email.

Two vigils are planned for Douglin this week – one at the site of the stabbing on Tuesday and another at Sterling Field in West Hartford. Click here for complete details.

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