SOUTHINGTON - Prosecutors have dropped felony charges against a Florida man accused of stabbing two people during a domestic violence incident in Southington last summer.
Thomas Kline, 80, was granted a nolle during a hearing Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court. He had been charged with two counts of second-degree assault with a weapon and one count of second-degree breach of peace.
A nolle means the charges are not being pursued and, barring any further issues, will be dismissed in 13 months. Prosecutors granted the nolle after saying the victims in the case did not wish to pursue the matter. Further, prosecutors added, Kline has been diagnosed with dementia and is living in a facility where he is not allowed to leave.
According to the arrest warrant, Kline allegedly stabbed a woman with a pair of scissors and a man with a steak knife during what the victims called an uncharacteristic, violent episode on Aug. 21.
Police responded to a Brookwood Drive home the day of the attack after receiving a 911 hang-up. Officers found one of the victims pinning Kline to the ground using a chair.
Kline, two women and a man from the home were taken to the Hospital of Central Connecticut, in New Britain. Two of the victims had sustained stab wounds, while the third victim had not sustained any visible injuries, police wrote in the warrant.
According to investigators, one of the victims was attacked shortly after she woke up and found Kline, who had been residing in the home, downstairs. She said he charged at her and she felt pain in her chest area before realizing he was holding a pair of scissors. She was then pushed to the ground and punched multiple times, she told police.
One of the victims later came to help the woman, as she had been screaming for help.
The man was able to get the scissors away from Kline and call 911, but Kline tried to smash the phone and began spraying starter fluid in the man's face, the warrant alleges. Kline, police wrote in the warrant, later grabbed a steak knife and lunged at the man, stabbing him in the stomach. A third victim then tried to help, but she was slapped multiple times by Kline before someone was able to pin him to the ground, when police arrived.
According to the warrant, the victims were treated at the hospital and released after a few hours. None of them wanted Kline arrested, as they called him a kind, caring man who they believe needs psychiatric treatment.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.