Shelton man arrested in stabbing incident

A Shelton man was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 23, in connection with an incident in which one man was hit by a vehicle and another was found with stab wounds the previous night.

Carmelo Rivera, 26, was arrested for criminal attempt/murder and first-degree assault of an elderly person. Rivera was held on a $500,000 bond and transported to Derby Superior Court for arraignment.

According to police, officers received multiple 911 calls about 8:15 p.m. about an assault and pedestrian who was struck in the 300 block of Howe Avenue. Once officers arrived, police said they found a 26-year-old Shelton man, lated identified as Rivera, that was struck by a vehicle traveling south on Howe Avenue. Officers also found a 60-year-old Shelton man that was stabbed multiple times.

“Shelton detectives worked throughout the night and discovered Rivera was engaged in an argument with his 60-year-old roommate,” said Shelton Detective Richard Bango. “The argument escalated, and Rivera stabbed the roommate with a knife multiple times.

Bango said Rivera then fled the apartment and stepped into the southbound lane of Howe Avenue, where he was struck by a passing vehicle. Both Rivera and the roommate were transported to the hospital for their injuries. The roommate was is listed in critical but stable condition.

Bango said Shelton detectives were called to investigate the stabbing, and the Shelton accident reconstruction team was called to investigate the accident.

“During the investigation, it was discovered the male that was struck by the vehicle was also involved in the stabbing incident,” said Bango.