A verbal dispute led to a stabbing at Center St. Social Friday night.

Police arrested 60-year-old Stephen F. Staffy of Shelton on charges of first-degree assault, carrying a dangerous weapon, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace.

Shelton Police Det. Christopher Nugent said that at approximately 10:45 p.m. on Friday an officer working a private duty detail at Center St. Social, 127 Center St., quickly apprehended Staffy after he allegedly stabbed the victim.

Nugent said officers investigating the incident discovered that the 22-year-old male victim and Staffy had a verbal altercation in the bar, when Staffy pulled out a knife and put it up to the victim’s neck. The male victim was then stabbed in the neck, said Nugent, and Staffy was then  detained by business employees and placed under arrest by police.

Officers learned that the male victim and Staffy exchanged words in the bar, which quickly escalated by Staffy pulling out a knife. The victim was transported to St. Vincent’s Hospital, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Staffy was placed on a $250,000 bond.