Police: Stabbing at store “fabricated”

A clerk was stabbed at a Citgo station in North Haven, Feb. 4, 2014. (WTNH / George Roelofsen)

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A reported robbery and stabbing at a North Haven convenience store was “fabricated”, police said, and they may file criminal charges.

The incident was reported just after midnight on Feb. 4 at the Citgo on Washington Ave., when store clerk Arsene Neabian was found by his wife with a wound to the back of his head. He was taken to the hospital and treated.

But after an investigation, police say this reported stabbing didn’t happen.

“While investigators were processing the bloody crime scene late Monday night they found several inconsistencies with the victim’s initial report of being stabbed during a robbery attempt,” police said in a news release.

“He sustained the large puncture wound while intoxicated inside of the store,” police said.

That same convenience store had been robbed on Feb. 1, and a different clerk was cut in the hand during a struggle with an armed thief. Police said the clerk working on Feb. 4 used details of that crime to fabricate his crime report.

Police did not identify the clerk, but said they are pursuing criminal charges though the State’s Attorney’s Office.

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