PLAINVILLE - A local man was arrested Tuesday night after stabbing another man in the back multiple times - an act a judge said could have easily led to the victim’s death.
Hunter Lennon, 22, of 14 Woodland St., allegedly had an argument with his cousin at a Plainville home and, during the dispute, pulled out a foldable knife - with a blade just over 3 inches long - and stabbed his back several times, according to the police report. The incident occurred sometime before 9:22 p.m., when a nurse from the UConn Health Center, in Farmington, contacted Plainville police and told them the facility was treating a man who had been the victim of a stabbing.
“I’m told the victim is still in the hospital,” Ronald Dearstyne, state prosecutor, said Wednesday afternoon during Lennon’s arraignment in Bristol Superior Court. “I don’t have an update on the injuries.”
“This knife is more than capable of causing death,” the prosecutor continued.
During the hearing, Judge John Cronan also acknowledged that Lennon could have been looking at a murder charge “if the knife ended up in the wrong place” while he was allegedly stabbing the victim, who has not been identified. He set bail at $150,000, citing Lennon’s lack of a criminal record as one of his reasons.
According to the report, police, after receiving the call from the health center, located Lennon at his home, where he had gone after the stabbing. Police wrote in the report that he confessed to stabbing his cousin several times during an argument. He faces charges of first-degree assault, second-degree threatening and disorderly conduct.
Cronan on Wednesday ordered Lennon not to contact the victim, go to his home or possess any guns while the charges are pending. The case was continued to June 1 to determine if it will be transferred to New Britain Superior Court - where the most serious matters in the area are prosecuted.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.