Female escapes by using knife to stab suspect in hand while being choked

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New Haven Police Officer Rob Kuhlmann responded for a report of an assault Sat., Oct. 22 at approximately 6 a.m. in the 900 block on Olive Street. When Kuhlmann arrived a male subject was standing outside of the residence bleeding from his hand.  The male subject stated that his sister had stabbed him.  EMS was requested to the scene and off duty officers; Sgt. Meg Parks and officer David Burke also responded to assist.

We spoke with Chief John Sheible this morning.  Sheible said, “According to the report, the male subject who has been identified as Nicholas Bates, 24 years old of New Haven, entered the residence.”  Bates and a female subject engaged in verbal arguments that quickly lead to Bates pushing the female up against the oven and then began to choke her.  Bates then got her in a headlock and continued to choke the female.

The victim’s boyfriend attempted to pull Bates off, however was not able to. The boyfriend immediately called 911. Sheible said, “The female was able to grab a knife and then stabbed Bates in the hand, allowing her to escape from Bates.”

Sheible said that Bates was then arrested and taken to Franklin County Jail where warrants were immediately applied for and with in a few hours Bates was charged with Domestic Assault and is being held on a 20,000 dollar bond.

Sheible also praised his officers.  Kullmann was the only officer on duty at the time and yet Parks and Burke both off duty, responded to assist.  Sheible said, “We have a great staff.  We are also lucky that most of our officers live in the New Haven community.  Everyone looks out for each other.  This incident is a perfect example, two off duty officers respond to assist their fellow officer.”