New Britain man arrested in stabbing on West Street

Published on Thursday, 5 December 2019 20:50
Written by Charles Paullin


NEW BRITAIN - A city man has been arrested in the stabbing last Friday of another city resident in what police say was a scuffle at the other man’s home.

Antonio Johnson, 22, of Dewey Street, allegedly showed up with a 22-year-old woman at the home of the victim, Tyrone Robinson, 27, of 53 West St., the day of the incident to ask him why he had violated a protective order by going to the woman’s house earlier in the day, according to the arrest warrant for Johnson.

Robinson told police he went to the home of the woman, who is his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child, to retrieve a baby car seat and related items, the warrant said

While Robinson was unloading groceries at his third-floor apartment, he said, the woman showed up on the rear staircase yelling at him, asking why he had taken their son away. Robinson began opening the door and Johnson, the woman’s new boyfriend, came inside, saying, “I want your head,” Robinson said.

According to the arrest warrant, the two men began fighting and Robinson suddenly felt warm blood dripping down his left shoulder, the victim told police. Robinson said he then ran upstairs, grabbed a .22-caliber rifle and he and Johnson grappled for it. Johnson took it out of Robinson’s hands and Robinson curled into a ball in an attempt to protect himself as Johnson continued stabbing him in the upper left shoulder area.

Robinson received five stab wounds. His condition was stable and he was expected to survive as of Saturday, when the warrant was written. Deputy Chief Jeanette Portalatin said Tuesday his condition had not worsened.

Johnson is charged with first-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangerment. He is due in New Britain Superior Court on Dec. 18 and remains in custody on $350,000 bond.

According to the warrant, police have a warrant for Robinson’s arrest for violation of a protective order, and an additional warrant was pending for charges including being in possession of the gun during the incident at his home.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Thursday, 5 December 2019 20:50. Updated: Thursday, 26 December 2019 15:18.