MIDDLETOWN — A 41-year-old man, who police say has an extensive criminal record, was charged with assault after he allegedly slashed another man on the neck during an altercation Wednesday.
Police responded to Middlesex Hospital around 8 p.m. after medical personnel reported a stabbing. Responding officers found the victim suffering from cuts to his right hand and neck.
The cut on the victim's neck was about 10 inches long and about two inches away from hitting his carotid artery, which could have been fatal, police said.
The victim's wife told police that he had been involved in a dispute with several family members about an hour earlier, police said.
Officers identified the suspect as Douglas Hassan Hughes, a convicted felon, police said. Hughes was arrested without incident at a nearby baseball field, police said.
Hughes allegedly told police that the victim began punching and kicking him during the altercation. He said he lost his balance and fell to the ground, but the victim kept assaulting him, according to police.
Hughes said he grabbed a piece of broken glass and swung it at the victim, police said.
Hughes was charged with first-degree assault and held with bail set at $100,000, police said.