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Connecticut Police Department Defends Watermelon Stabbing Arrest

Police chief insists the victim felt threatened by the act.

Ever since Carmine Cervellino, 49, of Thomaston, was charged with threatening after stabbing a watermelon in a “passive aggressive manner” the story has gone viral. 

Newspapers and websites from coast-to-coast are retelling the bizarre story that was first reported by the Torrington Register Citizen. 

And now Thomaston Police Chief James Campbell is defending the arrest. He told the Register Citizen that officers relied on the victim’s account and she believed the suspect was trying to intimidate her by leaving a large butcher knife in the watermelon for her to see. 

The woman believed it was a menacing gesture, the paper reports. Police believe Cervellino stabbed the watermelon because he was angry at the woman, the Register Citizen reports. 

The Register Citizen reports that police never interviewed Cervellino or other witnesses before arresting him. 

The man was charged with second-degree threatening and disorderly conduct. 

Read the full Torrington Register Citizen story here. 


Igor July 22, 2014 at 07:47 AM
I think this is a case of revenge and she looked around searching for a reason to call the cops. Like dopes they listened to her without even talking to him.
Migell Bori Carattini July 22, 2014 at 10:56 AM
Unbelievable! One thing is for sure, the 'frustration and raging' these days are going hand on hand. There's a biter-sweet Water+Melon rage example...Gee!
Guess Who July 22, 2014 at 01:05 PM
if I were there, I'd have shot the bum for murdering an innocent watermelon.
doris cofone July 22, 2014 at 01:53 PM
SOUNDS LIKE SHE HAD A WATERMELON MARTINI
Nadja Adolf July 22, 2014 at 02:17 PM
OK. I'm originally from eastern Washington state, and I have come to the conclusion that the people who live along both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts are crazier than outhouse rodents. The US military eliminated the charge of "silent insolence" because it was too subjective - and stabbing a watermelon is way, way, too subjective. We used to leave a big fat knife stuck in the watermelon so anyone could cut another slice.

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