Bozrah Stabbing Suspect Taken Into Custody In New York

This article was published on: 12/17/19 1:28 AM by Mike Minarsky

On December 15th, two would be victims, a 27 year old female and a 41 year old male, were sitting in their car at a residence in Bozrah when 31 year old Steven Hasselbacher of Norwich, arrived in his green Subaru.  The female told the male in the the car they were sitting in that Hasselbacher was not supposed to be there since she had a restraining order against him since they broke up and that he had been violent with her since the breakup.

Hasselbacher exited his vehicle car and walked over to the car where his ex girlfriend was (passenger seat) and the male, in the driver’s side seat.  The male heard Hasselbacher scream that he was going to kill him as he opened the driver’s side door.  The 41 year old male said he saw something in Hasselbacher’s hand and heard a “click.”  As the male tried to kick Hasselbacher out of the way so he could close the door, he felt something on his left arm, but wasn’t sure what it was.  The male was able to jump over to the passenger’s side at which time Hasselbacher slammed the drivers side door, and the male locked the doors to the car.  Once the doors were locked, the male jumped back into the drivers side and drove away as Hasselbacher attempted to gain entry to the vehicle. The male drove approximately 1/2 mile down the road and once he saw Hasselbacher leave the residence, he went back to the house.  The male exited the car once he returned and 3 witnesses noticed a large wound on the male’s left arm and wrist.  One of the witnesses told him to get into her car and he was taken to Backus Hospital.  The 41 year old, now victim, suffered tendon damage and required surgery which would be done the next day.

Connecticut State Police then put out a bulletin to capture Hasselbacher, and was found and apprehended in Midtown Manhattan.  He was transported back to Connecticut and charged with multiple charges including 1st degree assault, breach of peace, and threatening. Hasselbacher is being held on $500,000 bond.  Hasselbacher was arrested once previous to this on August 29th, 2019 for 2nd degree breach of peace and was released on a promise to appear.

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