Argument leads to arrest

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Police charge man with slashing friend’s face

Richard Ancefsky
Richard Ancefsky

NAUGATUCK — Police charged a borough man with felony assault after they say he slashed another man in the face with a pocket knife during a fight early Friday morning.

Richard Ancefsky, intoxicated and with blood on his hands, was taken into custody as he was walking on Rubber Avenue Extension at about 1:30 a.m., according to police.

A 50-year-old man later told police that Ancefsky, a longtime friend, had slashed him in the face during a heated argument inside his car. It’s unclear what sparked the alleged argument, but it continued after the man returned home with Ancefsky still in the car, he told police.

Although the slashed man, who police say was also intoxicated, was bleeding heavily from the wound, he told police he didn’t want to press charges. The man’s wound was later stitched up.

Ancefsky, 49, gave several versions of the night, but denied he had sliced the man. He told police the man had threatened him with a gun and had more weapons in his home. That story changed and Ancefsky said another assailant had slashed the victim in the face, according to police.

Police didn’t find any firearms in the home when they investigated, but they did locate blood inside the victim’s car.

Ancefsky, 49, of 933 Rubber Ave., was charged with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and breach of peace.

Ancefsky was arraigned Friday in Waterbury Superior Court. He’s due back in court later this month.