Tonawanda News

February 27, 2013

Man indicted for mall stabbing, burglary

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — A Syracuse man accused of stabbing two Boulevard Mall security guards in November was arraigned in U.S. District Court on Monday. 

Dardrequez Haynes was brought before Justice Christopher Burns and indicted on charges of first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree assault, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, three counts of first-degree perjury and possession of burglar tools. 

In November, Haynes was allegedly seen taking items from a Gap store in the mall and fled before two guards stopped him in the parking lot, where he stabbed the guards and fled the scene.

One employee was stabbed in the neck and another in the abdomen. Both guards, who worked for a private security company, where taken to Erie County Medical Center, with serious injuries. 

Two other suspects, both females in their late teens and early 20s, were with Haynes during the incident and were not charged. 

After the incident, as members of the Amherst and Tonawanda police departments searched for the suspects, they found Haynes’ car, a sliver Nissan Versa, in a Town of Tonawanda motel, the Econo Lodge, about a mile from the mall. 

After setting up a perimeter the suspects were not found, but the vehicle was impounded.

A month later, in December, he was arrested by the New York State Police. Once in custody, police said, Haynes repeatedly lied under oath during grand jury testimony. 

Haynes was previously convicted for a felony, when he was found guilty of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. If convicted of his more recent crimes, he could face up to 32 years in prison.