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Monday, October 4, 2010

Nashuan stabbed in bar fight

BRANFORD, Conn. – Police say a 43-year-old Nashua man was in critical condition Sunday after being stabbed in the neck during a bar fight allegedly over a Yankees-Red Sox rivalry Saturday night.

Branford police said they arrested John Mayor of New Haven on Saturday night for allegedly stabbing Monte Freire, of Nashua, in the neck. They said when police first arrived at the Chowder Pot Restaurant they noticed a number of men chasing Mayor in the parking lot.

“Mayor turned, looked at the officer, removed the knife from his jacket and threw it in the woods, said Branford Police Sgt. David Galdenzi. “Mayor began to fight with friends of the victim before he was taken into custody with the assistance of those friends.”

Police said the 45-year-old Mayor was charged with first-degree assault, breach of peace, possession of a controlled substance, interfering with a police officer and tampering with evidence. He is being held on $500,000 bond.

Branford Police Capt. Geoffrey Morgan called the alleged attack in a dispute over the baseball rivalry a shame and said it’s unbelievable.

Freire was reported to be in critical condition at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery.

– By staff and wire