Elderly Florida man won't be prosecuted for Southington stabbing incident

Published on Wednesday, 8 May 2019 21:05


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 it after saying the victims did not wish to pursue the matter. Further, prosecutors added, Kline has been diagnosed with dementia and is living in a facility from which 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 a 911 hang-up. Officers found one of the victims pinning Kline to the floor with 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 three had suffered stab wounds, while the third had no visible injuries, police wrote in the warrant.

According to investigators, one of the women was attacked shortly after she woke up and found Kline, who had been living in the home, downstairs. She said he charged at her and she felt pain in her chest 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 other people came to aid the woman, who was screaming for help.

The man got the scissors away from Kline and called 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 person then tried to help, but she was slapped multiple times by Kline before someone could pin him to the ground, which is 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 jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Wednesday, 8 May 2019 21:05. Updated: Wednesday, 8 May 2019 21:07.