NORWICH, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) — A New London woman faces multiple criminal charges after authorities say she repeatedly stabbed a patron of a nearby bar in the chest and abdomen.

Norwich police say hot dog vendor Liz Lugardo, 23, attacked a Montville man outside of Phoenix Sports Bar during a verbal altercation on Nov. 19.

It is not known how the argument began.

Patrolling officers in the area were reportedly flagged down by eyewitnesses, who alerted them to the scuffle around 12:47 a.m.

Lt. Chris Ferace of the Norwich Police Department, who was supervising the night of the incident, said the argument escalated before police arrived on the scene.

“She stabbed (the victim) three times, in the chest and abdomen, with a small folding knife,” he told CBS Connecticut.

Though the unidentified bar patron was taken to the hospital for observation, Ferace said that his wounds were not life-threatening.

“The knife didn’t have a long enough blade to penetrate and … reach any major organs,” he explained.

Lugardo was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree breach of peace, and carrying a dangerous weapon.

According to Ferace, she was held over the weekend on a $75,000 cash bail — raised from $50,000 — and was seen in court yesterday for her crimes.

Police could not comment on the outcome of the court date.

However, according to the website for Connecticut’s Department of Correction, Lugardo is presently being held at York Correctional Institute, the only facility in the state for female offenders. The site also states that she has not yet been sentenced for her crimes.


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