Two Southington Teenagers Facing First-Degree Assault Charges

Police said the two 19-year-olds had been involved in a July 26 fight that left a man hospitalized.

Two Southington teenagers are facing charges of first-degree assault after police said they were involved in a July 26 fight outside the that left one man hospitalized with serious injuries.

Officers arrested Cote J. Nadeau, of 1588 West St., and Thomas McKay, of 1188 Mount Vernon Road, Tuesday after obtaining warrants for their arrest. Both were taken into custody after police said they initially lied about what had happened.

Both were arraigned in Bristol Superior Court Wednesday on charges of first-degree assault, criminal liability for the acts of others in a first-degree assault, breach of peace and second-degree filing a false statement. Further details of the case, including bond, were not immediately available Wednesday afternoon.

The arrests came one week after 23-year-old Justin Daigle of Southington was charged in the same altercation, which police said was initiated when Daigle rushed the victim, whose name was not released, from behind.

A police report said witnesses told officers that the three men kicked the victim repeatedly in the body and head before eventually leaving him unconscious. Daigle was identified in the attack and arrested that evening, police said, but eventually witnesses were able to also identify Nadeau and McKay.

Daigle has a criminal history that includes a 2008 conviction for leading Plymouth police in pursuit, a 2005 conviction for sale of hallucinogens and two separate convictions of possessing more than an ounce of marijuana in 2009 and 2010.

Nadeau and McKay do not have a criminal record or any pending charges prior to the July 26 incident, according to court officials. All three are due back in Bristol Superior Court later this month and could present a plea at that time.


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