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Suspects in BU Postdoc Stabbing, Robbery Plead Not Guilty

Held without bail, face dangerousness hearing Wednesday


Two Boston men accused of robbing and stabbing a BU researcher last Tuesday night pleaded not guilty Friday in Brookline District Court.

Wallace Vick, 19, of Dorchester and Shaqone Cazeau, 20, of Mattapan, were formally charged with armed assault with intent to murder, armed and masked robbery, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, according to the court clerk’s office. They were ordered held without bail and face a dangerousness hearing—required in cases involving physical force and when the state seeks no-bail confinements of up to 90 days—on February 6.

The two men are accused of throwing the victim to the ground, stabbing him, and taking his laptop, cell phone, and iPad. The 38-year-old  postdoctoral fellow from the Medical Campus was treated and released from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

The attack occurred five blocks from the Charles River Campus, near Pleasant and Browne Streets in Brookline. Police found a knife at the scene, and BU students discovered the victim’s iPad cover in an alley between Edgemont and Thatcher Streets. Private security cameras in the area and an eyewitness who saw the attack gave police information about the direction the suspects had fled. The real break in the case came Wednesday after the victim discovered his stolen credit card had been used to purchase MBTA CharlieCards. Working with transit authorities, Brookline police determined the cards had been purchased at the Jackson Square T station. Station surveillance video provided images of the two men. They were arrested Thursday, two days after the attack.

The assault was at least the eighth on or near campus since September and prompted a letter from University President Robert A. Brown announcing bolstered police patrols in the area.

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