SOUTHINGTON - A Florida man has been charged with stabbing two people during a domestic violence incident at a Southington home over the summer.
Thomas Kline, 80, allegedly stabbed a woman with a pair of scissors and a man with a steak knife during what the victims called an uncharacteristic, violent episode on Aug. 21, according to the warrant for his arrest.
Police responded to a Brookwood Drive home the day of the attack after receiving a 911 hang-up, in which someone could be heard screaming, and a call from a neighbor who said one of the victims had asked them for help after a stabbing. Officers found one of the victims pinning Kline to the ground using a chair.
Kline, two women and a man from the home were taken to the Hospital of Central Connecticut, in New Britain. Two of the victims had sustained stab wounds, while the third victim had not sustained any visible injuries, police wrote in the warrant.
According to investigators, one of the victims was attacked shortly after she woke up and found Kline, who had been residing in the home, downstairs. She said he charged at her and she felt pain in her chest area before realizing he was holding a pair of scissors. She was then pushed to the ground and punched multiple times, she told police.
Kline, according to the warrant, then broke a coffee mug and tried to attack the woman with it. She was able to smack the broken mug out of his hands, but he responded by striking her with his knees, the warrant said. One of the victims then came to help the woman, as she had been screaming for help.
The man was able to get the scissors away from Kline and call 911, but Kline tried to smash the phone and began spraying starter fluid in the man's face, the warrant alleges. Kline also allegedly threw cooking spices at the man's face, which he believes was done because he has a breathing condition, the warrant states.
Kline, police wrote in the warrant, then grabbed a steak knife and lunged at the man, stabbing him in the stomach. A third victim then tried to help, but she was slapped multiple times by Kline before someone was able to pin him to the ground, when police arrived.
According to the warrant, the victims were treated at the hospital and released after a few hours. None of them wanted Kline arrested, as they called him a kind, caring man who they believe needs psychiatric treatment.
Kline, who was also taken to the hospital, was not immediately charged. He was arrested last week on two counts of second-degree assault with a weapon and one count of second-degree breach of peace. He is free on a promise to appear and is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Oct. 30.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.