NORWALK, Conn. – The victim in a South Norwalk stabbing last month now faces assault and stalking charges in the same incident, according to police reports.
The man called police from Norwalk Hospital on Jan. 13 to report that he had been stabbed during a fight on Monroe Street that evening. Investigators followed a blood trail to a Townhouse Gardens residence, where they found Mustafa Muhammad, 43, of Norwalk, police said.
At the time Muhammad was charged with first-degree assault, according to police reports. The charge has since been reduced to second-degree assault, and Muhammad pleaded not guilty to that charge last month, according to court records.
Muhammad told police that he and the other man, Christopher Yarrell, 41, of Putnam Road, had been in an ongoing disagreement, according to police reports. Yarrell had frequently confronted Muhammad to continue the argument, according to Muhammad’s statement.
On the night of the stabbing, Yarrell had stuck Muhammad with a beer bottle, he told police. Officers saw bite marks on Muhammad’s shoulder and marks on his neck at the time of his arrest, police said.
After an investigation, officers arrested Yarrell on a warrant Thursday morning. He was charged with second-degree assault and third-degree stalking, and released on $10,000 bond. He is due in court on Feb. 13.