New London man charged with New Year's Day stabbing at Foxwoods

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Mashantucket Tribal Police arrested a 19-year-old New London man Tuesday and charged him with stabbing a man twice in the abdomen during a melee on the gaming floor at Foxwoods Resort Casino on Jan. 1.

Kevin Shan of 187 Huntington St., D5, was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree breach of peace and violation of a protective order.

Tribal Police Chief William D. Dittman said the department has identified additional suspects and more arrests are expected.

Shan was arraigned before New London Superior Court Judge Karyl L. Carrasquilla, who set his bond at $150,000, issued a protective order prohibiting him from having contact with the victim and continued the case to Feb. 7.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit written by tribal police officer Randall Brule, fights involving groups of people from New London and Norwich erupted shortly after 2 a.m. on New Year's Day on the Fox Tower casino floor near the Centrale Bar and on the concourse leading to the parking garage.

Several people were taken into custody and three were treated for stab wounds. One of the victims, who is not identified in the warrant, was in critical condition from two stab wounds to the abdomen. He was taken to The William W. Backus Hospital and transferred to Hartford Hospital due to the seriousness of his injuries.

The tribal police learned he provided emergency room staff with a fictitious name, Hakeem Dickson, because he was not supposed to leave the state of Pennsylvania, where he was on probation. He has since been arrested in Pennsylvania and charged with violation of probation.

The police obtained surveillance video footage that shows Shan taking a folding knife from his pants pocket and unfolding it while another man, identified in the warrant as Suspect 1, is engaged in a fist fight with the victim. The two men in the fist fight collided with a police officer who was standing nearby, and at the same time Shan approached the victim and thrusted the knife into his abdomen. The police officer separated the parties and tackled Suspect 1 to the ground, but Shan fled the area, according to the warrant.

Foxwoods Security Supervisor Adam Laroche tracked Shan on video as he met up with a woman and left the casino in a red Mazda via the Great Cedar parking garage. The registered owner of the car was a girlfriend of Shan's whom he was prohibited from having contact with due to a domestic violence arrest in New London on Sept. 27, 2018. In that case, Shan is accused of dragging the woman out of the Frontage Road Laundromat and "throwing her around like a doll" as they argued about her doing his laundry and him using her cell phone charger.

Police officers from New London and Norwich viewed video footage of the casino fights in an attempt to identify the participants. Sgt. Max Bertsch of New London, who served for years as a school resource officer, immediately identified Shan, according to the video.

Shan's girlfriend, interviewed two days after the melee, also identified him in the video. She said they went to her house following the incident and agreed to turn over to police the clothing Shan was wearing that night. The woman said she had washed the clothing but said she did not see any blood on it.



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