Po­lice: Man stabbed vic­tim with ra­zor

In­ci­dent fol­lowed al­leged drunken dis­pute

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jeff Mill

EAST HAMP­TON — A man was stabbed and an­other ar­rested in an al­leged drunken en­counter late last month.

De­tails of the Sept. 29 in­ci­dent, which took place shortly af­ter 5 p.m. in the Lake­view Ceme­tery on Lake View Road/Route 66, be­came avail­able this week.

Au­thor­i­ties were called about an “in­tox­i­cated and in­jured male” who said he had been stabbed, ac­cord­ing to East Hamp­ton po­lice Sgt. Ti­mothy Dowty. The 32-year-old al­leged vic­tim said he and the as­sailant were drink­ing vodka with a wo­man in a gazebo near 42 E. High St., ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

The wo­man left to go to an ap­point­ment prior to the vi­o­lence, Dowty wrote. It was then, the al­leged vic­tim said, the sus­pect, later iden­ti­fied as Fred Ni­chols, 58, of no cer­tain ad­dress “came af­ter him for no rea­son.”

Ni­chols “had some kind of ra­zor and stabbed him in the hand,” the vic­tim told po­lice, who added, “get­ting stabbed hurt a lot and (he) was scared to get stabbed again.”

A wit­ness saw the vic­tim, whose “hands

were all bloody.” The wit­ness told of­fi­cers she asked the vic­tim whether he was all right and he replied “he was dy­ing,” at which point, the wit­ness called 911, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

The vic­tim was taken to Mid­dle­sex Hospi­tal for treat­ment of his in­juries, po­lice said.

At the gazebo, Dowty found “mul­ti­ple empty al­co­hol bev­er­age con­tain­ers” as well as “blood splat­tered all around the gazebo deck­ing and seat­ing area,” he wrote.

Dowty said he found Ni­chols a short dis­tance away, sit­ting on a bench with the wo­man who had been drink­ing with him and the vic­tim ear­lier in the af­ter­noon, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties.

In his ver­sion of the in­ci­dent, Ni­chols told of­fi­cers it was the other man who had in­sti­gated the in­ci­dent and Ni­chols had stabbed the man in self­de­fense. Ni­chols al­legedly told Dowty the vic­tim “just flipped a switch and his eyes got crazy,” and the vic­tim told him “he was go­ing to kill him.”

Ni­chols said he fought back to pro­tect him­self and even­tu­ally stabbed the vic­tim with pocket knife. A wit­ness in­ter­viewed by Dowty sup­ported Ni­chols’ ver­sion of the in­ci­dent, po­lice said.

How­ever, Dowty said the knife Ni­chols had used was “old and slightly rusted” and “was very dif­fi­cult to open” and Ni­chols told him the vic­tim had backed off at one point. As a re­sult, Dowty ar­rested Ni­chols, who au­thor­i­ties said is home­less and has been liv­ing in a tent be­hind a Route 66 con­ve­nience store.

Ni­chols is charged with sec­ond-de­gree as­sault and sec­ond-de­gree breach of peace. He was re­leased on a $25,000 bond and is due back in state Su­pe­rior Court in Mid­dle­town Oct. 24.

Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia file photo

East Hamp­ton po­lice in­ves­ti­gated a Sept. 29 stab­bing.

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