Cheshire man accused in serious assault at Southington Drive-in that sent victim to hospital

Published on Thursday, 24 September 2020 12:09


SOUTHINGTON -- A Cheshire man has been charged in an assault at the Southington Drive-In over the summer that sent a man to the hospital for severe lacerations, a fractured orbital bone, a severe concussion and other injuries.

Barrett Delmonico, 30, faces charges of second-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace after allegedly pummeling a defenseless man with a wireless speaker during a live stream Metallica concert at the drive-in on Aug. 30, just before 1 a.m., police said Thursday.

At one point during the incident, the victim, who was drifting in and out of consciousness, reported regaining consciousness to find a man he believes was Delmonico standing over him with a knife, according to police. A struggle over the knife ensued, when the complainant suffered a severe laceration, police said.

The man then feared he was going to be killed as he was defenseless on the ground, blinded by blood in his eyes, and was being struck in all directions by multiple assailants, according to police.

Police said multiple individuals aside from Delmonico were involved in the attack. They are still investigating and anticipate additional arrests.

Following the assault, the victim was taken to Hartford Hospital for a severe concussion, severe lacerations to his head and hand, chipped teeth, a fractured orbital bone and persistent loss of feeling on the left side of his face, police said.

According to police, the altercation started with an argument between the victim and Delmonico, which resulted in five males assaulting the complainant, who at one point was put in a chokehold. The man was also restrained by two males while Delmonico struck him in the head with a speaker at least six times, causing him to lose consciousness on the muddy ground, police said.

Following the struggle with the knife, someone at the live stream concert pulled the victim away, at which point police said Delmonico continued to approach the victim and attempt to further assault him, something responding officers reported witnessing.

Delmonico, who was arrested the same day as the assault, is free on $50,000 bond and is expected to appear in New Britain Superior Court on Dec. 2.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Thursday, 24 September 2020 12:09. Updated: Thursday, 24 September 2020 12:12.