1 treated for machete wounds, 5 arrested following New Haven brawl


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven police say they have arrested five people after an early morning fight.

Just before 3 a.m. Friday, New Haven officers were called to Yale-New Haven Hospital where they found 33-year-old Eric Lewis of New Haven. Police say he had two lacerations to his head and had been driven to the hospital by a friend, 25-year-old Christina Lucas of New Haven. Lewis told police he had been in a fight with several people at 54 Eastern Street.

Police say Lewis told them during the fight, someone took out pepper spray, another took out a machete, and Lewis was cut in the head when the man swung the machete at him.

Officers then went to 54 Eastern Street where they say they saw blood in the front yard. They followed the trail which led to the house so the officers knocked. No one answered, but police say there were three people inside. That’s when officers kicked-in the back door.

Inside, police found 30-year-old Henry Bell, 23-year-old Belinda Edwards, and 50-year-old Omar Ryan, all of New Haven. Police say they told them about the fight Lewis explained at the hospital.

Police say they believe the fight started between Lucas and Edwards, possibly over a man. The three people at the house, as well as Lewis and Lucas, were arrested. All were charged with breach of peace.

Lewis was treated at the hospital for his injuries and released.

Officers say they are waiting for a search warrant for the Eastern Street home.

During interviews, police say Ryan admitted to cutting Lewis with the machete and has been additionally charged with first-degree assault and carrying a dangerous weapon.

Police say additional charges are possible and the investigation remains open.

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