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Wanted: Jaquan Keith

CRIME FILES jaquan, keith 9-04SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — 21-year-old Jaquan Keith has a lengthy criminal record. Springfield police officers say he added two more crimes to the list last month.

According to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, Keith and two other men decided to break into a home on Cedar Street on the night of August 1, 2013, while a young family was watching TV inside.

“The boyfriend got up and confronted the three people at the back door,” says Delaney. “Two of the males went by him, the other male stood there and demanded money.”

Springfield police say the boyfriend decided Keith wasn’t taking his money without a fight.

“During the fight, the victim thought he was getting punched in his back — turns out he was getting stabbed in the back,” says Delaney. “He got stabbed in the back four times.”

After a brief scuffle to get out of the home, the three men who broke into the home drove off. The victim followed them to get their license plate number. The victim was then taken to the hospital and treated for his stab wounds.

“The very next day he was on the internet and he went to his Instagram site and he saw a picture of a friend of his, and in that same picture — low and behold — is the guy who broke into his house the night before,” says Delaney. “He went to a friend and showed the picture and said, ‘Hey, do you know this guy?’ and they said, ‘Yeah, that’s Jaquan Keith.’”

The friend then pulled up several other pictures of Keith on Facebook, confirming the victim’s suspicions.

“This is the guy and he got caught through Facebook and through Instagram,” says Delaney.

Police are also looking for Keith for indecently assaulting a 24-year-old woman at a party on August 9th, 2013.

Officers suspect Keith is still in the Springfield area. They say he could look different from his mugshot, since the home invasion victim told police Keith’s hair was braided on the night of August 1st home invasion.

If you see Jaquan Keith, call 911 or you can send police an anonymous tip. Just text it to “CRIMES” or 274637 and in the message type “SOLVE” and your tip.

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