WALLINGFORD — A local man was fatally stabbed in the parking lot of Yalesville bar Saturday night and a Meriden man faces murder charges.
Police found Ernest Cipolli III, 32, of Wallingford, stabbed multiple times in the parking lot of the Corner Cafe on Church Street around 10:25 p.m.
“Responding units found the victim lying on the ground, bleeding from what appeared to be numerous stab wounds. They attempted life-saving measures, however, the victim succumbed to his injuries while in route to the hospital,” police spokesperson Lt. Cheryl Bradley said in a statement.
Police determined that Cipolli got into an “altercation” with another man, later identified as 23-year old Kristopher Carlson of Meriden.
“The altercation turned deadly when Carlson approached Cipolli and stabbed him numerous times with knife,” Bradley said.
Carlson left the scene, but was then located and taken into custody.
Carlson, 155 Reservoir Ave., Meriden, was charged with murder and is being held on a $500,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 1.
‘Very sudden, isolated’
The Corner Café’s owner, Melissa Moran, expressed her sincere condolences to the victim’s family. She noted that the cafe closed at 10 p.m. that evening, about half an hour before the fight allegedly began.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his [Cipolli’s] family. We are cooperating with state and local officials at this time and were told that the person responsible for this tragedy is in police custody,” said Moran.
The parking lot where the incident happened is shared by two other businesses, the Corner Shop and Subway. Both closed at 9 p.m. on Saturday.
“I’ve been here for six years and nothing like this ever happened before,” said Corner Shop owner, Boby Sheth. “It’s a very nice and quiet neighborhood, we never had any problems before.
A Subway employee, Mackenzie Wolcheski, also said the incident was unusual for the area.
“It’s really sad what happened. I feel like this is a very sudden, isolated incident. I am not afraid to come to work here and I feel like my coworkers would say the same,” said Wolcheski. “It’s a very peaceful neighborhood.”