NEWINGTON - A fight in the parking lot of Plaza Azteca just before 2 a.m. Saturday morning left two people with stab wounds and police with plenty of questions.
The bar closed at 1:40 a.m., prior to needing to stop serving alcohol at 2 a.m. pursuant to Connecticut liquor laws. About 40 to 50 people inside the bar at that time headed outside to the parking lot, Manager Fransisco Rea said. He said he had reviewed some surveillance tapes from the night of the incident.
On the tape, Rea told The Herald, he could see about 10 people, all looking like males in their 20s and early 30s, hanging around in the lot. They appeared to be smoking cigarettes. Then a brawl broke out at 1:53 a.m., Rea said.
The scuffle involved two separate fights during the altercation, Rea said.
One person could be seen falling to the ground where he was getting kicked, Rea said.
At 1:55 a.m., one car took off, taking one of the stabbing victims to the hospital, Rea said. The rest of the men, who appeared to get into about 10 cars that were in the parking lot, fled the area.
Police responded to the hospital and then went to the restaurant about an hour after the scuffle happened.
The night manager was questioned and then Rea was notified. Rea told The Herald he reviewed the surveillance footage the morning after the incident.
Police spent about four to five hours the next morning examining the parking lot for evidence, but the early-morning rain seemed to make the police investigation difficult, Rea surmised.
Rea said he wasn’t aware of anything that may have transpired between the group of men inside or outside the bar prior to the brawl.
Police initially reported on Saturday, that four people were injured, including two who suffered non life-threatening injuries. Police declined to give further details about the case to The Herald on Monday, stating the investigation is ongoing. The condition of the victims has not been released.
The restaurant, located at 3260 Berlin Turnpike, hasn’t seen an impact in its business, Rea said.
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