Stamford man stabbed in West Beach brawl
STAMFORD — A city man was charged with stabbing another man at West Beach during a melee between a former husband and new boyfriend.
At 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, police rushed to the beach after a report of a fight in progress with a stabbing victim involved, Sgt. Robert Shawinsky said.
Officers arrived to a chaotic scene of people running through the parking lot and others running on the beach.
After police spoke to witnesses, they found out a woman was at the beach with her boyfriend when she got a call from her ex-husband, who asked her where she was. She told him she was at West Beach. The boyfriend then grabbed the phone and, in a very disrespectful way, demanded the ex-husband meet him at the beach. The husband complied and when he arrived, he got out of his car with a knife in his hand and punched the boyfriend in the mouth, Shawinsky said.
The boyfriend had two of his friends at the beach and the pair tried to stop the ex-husband, who stabbed one of the men in the arm, causing a puncture wound, Shawinsky said.
The ex-husband ran away from the men, but the two caught him and held him down for police. A witness, who tried to videotape the altercation with his cellphone, had the phone grabbed out of his hand by one the friends, who threw it into the water, Shawinsky said.
The ex-husband, Cristian Matute-Lopez, 34, of Puritan Lane, was charged with second-degree assault, third-degree assault, possession of a dangerous weapon and breach of peace. He was released after posting a $10,000 court-appearance bond.
The man who threw the phone into the water, Abel Mandez, 27, of Halloween Boulevard, was charged with second-degree larceny, criminal mischief and breach of peace. He was released after posting a $1,000 court-appearance bond.