Two slashed in fight on Halloween


NAUGATUCK — A fight near a school basketball court on Halloween night led to a man being slashed in the arm with a box cutter, while a 15-year-old boy was cut in the mouth, according to police.

Police arrested four men — who were found in Waterbury on Tuesday — who are suspected of assaulting the teen and the man during the brawl.

Combatants were also suspected of wielding a metal steering wheel lock, a baseball bat, a wrench and a pipe during the fight.

Police charged Sakwon Mitchell, 20, Haakeem Mitchell, 19, David Williams, 21, and 25-year-old Christopher Gaskins in connection to the alleged assault Monday night on Meadow Street near Salem School.

Sakwon Mitchell and a 23-year-old man had gotten into another fight before Monday night’s brawl, which Mitchell told police was the result of the other man bragging about how he had beaten him up.

Mitchell and the three other men are suspected of pulling up to the man near the school at about 9 p.m. in a white Honda while witnesses sat eating Halloween candy, according to police.

The group from the car grabbed several weapons then chased after the man and the teenager sending them into a nearby church parking lot where multiple punches were thrown, witnesses told police.

The 23-year-old man was slashed in his shoulder, a wound which needed 18 staples to close, while the teenage boy required stitches to repair a cut to his chin when he was hit with a metal object. The boy also hit Sakwon Mitchell in the arm with a baseball bat, which sent the older man to the ground, a witness told police.

Gaskins later admitted that he slashed the man with a razor, but he believed he had struck him in the side of the neck. The Waterbury men fled the scene before police arrived, but were found by city police early Tuesday morning at 50 Wacona Ave., in Waterbury.

Gaskins was charged with first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault. Sakwon Mitchell was charged with second-degree assault, while the other men were charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree assault.