New Milford stabbing case to resume in March
TORRINGTON — The pre-trial hearing of the New Milford man accused of stabbing another man six months ago will resume March 24.
Dion Bernier Jr., 27, was charged with first-degree assault, as well as tampering with physical evidence, after police say he stabbed a 28-year-old acquaintance the morning of Aug. 1.
The altercation was the culmination of a text message argument between Bernier and his victim, according to a report filed by the New Milford Police Department.
Officers responded to a call about an altercation at Bernier’s Grove Street home around 8:40 a.m. and found the victim “walking around the driveway with what appeared to be a stab wound to his abdomen,” police said.
A taxi driver at the scene told police he picked up a 43-year-old man from Danbury and the victim that morning, and was at the Grove Street residence to pick up Bernier.
On the way to pick up Bernier, the Danbury man said, the victim told him Bernier had sent him a text message saying he was going to “put a knife to (the victim’s) throat or slit (his) throat,” according to the police report.
The Danbury man said the cab pulled up to the Grove Street residence and then Bernier and the victim started fighting. The next thing he knew, the victim was “bleeding from his stomach,” he told police.
Police found a folding pocket knife clipped to Bernier’s pants at the scene and arrested him.
The victim was transported to Danbury Hospital and underwent abdominal surgery, according to police.
Bernier pleaded not guilty at state Superior Court in Torrington and remains in custody on $250,000 bond.
He is being held at the New Haven Correctional Center, according to the state Department of Correction.