Davis Armstrong is the guy who was renting my apartment on Highland last year and got arrested. Doesn’t seem like he’s learned to hang with a better crowd.
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Roommate charged in fight in Torrington Argument over dog ends with slashing December 29, 2016 – Local
Kyle Canty. Contributed
TORRINGTON – An argument between roommates that started over a dog turned violent on Wednesday night when one man slashed the other during a struggle, police said Thursday.
Kyle A. Canty, 22, was arraigned Thursday at Bantam Superior Court in Litchfield on a second-degree assault charge after he was held overnight at the Torrington police department on $100,000 bond.
Police responded to the third-floor apartment at 37 Maud St. following a report of a stabbing. When police officers arrived, they found the victim laying on top of Canty and a pool of blood around the pair. The victim was bleeding excessively from his mouth and both hands, police said.
The victim was taken to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital on Wednesday night. Police said they talked with him about the incident while he was being treated. There was no word on his condition or if he had been released from the hospital on Thursday.
Canty and witnesses said both men had knives, according to the police report. Canty took out a folding knife from his pocket first and then the victim went into the kitchen and came back with a butter knife, according to the report. One witness said Canty pulled out the knife because he felt threatened by the victim. Canty told detectives he was “standing his ground.”
The victim and another man, Davis Armstrong, lived in the third-floor apartment. Police were told Canty had only been staying there for the past week, but officers noted the electricity bill was in Canty’s name.
An argument started after the victim became upset that his pet dog had been locked in his bedroom during the day. The victim blamed Canty and told him to leave.
The ensuing argument escalated, with the victim and Canty going “chest to chest,” police said.
Canty admitted to detectives he “swung the knife toward the victim’s face with the intent of cutting him,” according to the police report.
Canty said he then pushed the victim away and attempted to run toward the living room. A struggle ensued for Canty’s knife and Canty was unwilling to let go of it, the police report said.
The victim punched Canty in the head, according to the police report.
“Canty stated at one point he felt (the victim) grab onto the blade side of the knife, at which time he pushed down on the knife and was ‘moving the knife back and forth trying to cut (the victim)’,” the report said.
Canty told police he knew he was cutting the victim’s hand because he could hear it.
When police asked why Canty didn’t attempt to leave the apartment when the argument started, he said he didn’t want to leave his Xbox game console and other possessions behind.