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Malden man, 27, held without bail on charge of murdering his own father

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Prosecutor: Suspect lay in in wait at Malden Square apartment building before stabbing victim to death

  The details of the murder were jarring enough. The alleged suspect apparently got out of bed well before the victim, snuck downstairs to an underground garage of a Malden apartment building and stealthily lay in wait, according to reports. Clenched in his hand were two knives wrapped in plastic wrap to create a lethal weapon, reports said. When the victim approached at about 5:40 a.m. on Wednesday, the suspect pounced, prosecutors said, stabbing Mohammed Khaouda, 65, of Malden, multiple times in the neck.

  The victim fell to the floor of the garage, bleeding heavily. Less than two minutes later, the victim’s wife, also headed for work, entered the garage and discovered the grisly scene and called 911. Mohammed Khaouda was rushed to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

  Then the unspeakable was announced in Malden District Court in Medford. Being charged with murder and other offenses in connection with Malden’s fifth slaying case in less than a year was Yassine Khaouda, 27, the victim’s son.

  The younger Khaouda was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on the murder charge. He was also charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, and assault and battery on a person over 60.

  At his arraignment in Malden District Court late Wednesday afternoon, Yassine Khaouda was allowed to stand out of view behind a wall as the alleged details of the slaying were described by Middlesex County Assistant District Attorney Daniel Harren. Harren described how Yassine Khaouda, allegedly, ambushed his father, stabbing him to death in the garage of their apartment building, Pleasant Plaza Apartments, located at 36 Dartmouth St., just off Pleasant Street in the heart of Malden Square.

  Assistant DA Harren described a plot, saying Yassine Khaouda waited for his parents to enter the garage early Wednesday morning. “The defendant had woken up earlier this morning. He prepared himself to assault his father, taking a number of steps to do so. He waited in the parking garage for them,” the assistant DA said in court Wednesday. “When the father entered the parking garage, he stabbed him in the neck. Ultimately his father succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead [Wednesday] morning.”

  After stabbing his father, prosecutors said, Yassine Khaouda then fled the scene and returned to the seventh floor apartment which he shared with his parents. After police arrived at the murder scene, they went to the apartment and took Yassine Khaouda into custody without incident at about 6:00 a.m.

  Malden Police Chief Kevin Molis and Middlesex DA Marian Ryan in a statement released on Wednesday confirmed the identities of the victim and the suspect and stated the investigation remains ongoing.

  Yassine Khaouda is due back in Malden District Court on January 12, 2022, to face a dangerousness hearing.

Malden Police vehicles are shown early on Wednesday morning outside of the Pleasant Plaza Apartments building at 36 Dartmouth St., where a 65-year-old Malden man was stabbed to death, allegedly by his own son. (Courtesy Photo)
Pleasant Street Apartments’ underground parking garage at 36 Dartmouth St., Malden, was the scene of a grisly stabbing murder on Wednesday. (Courtesy Photo)

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