Two Men Arrested In Norwich Stabbing

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Feb 21, 2010 at 7:47 PM EDT

Norwich, NY (WBNG Binghamton) - Two men are in jail and 4 were taken to the hospital after a verbal fight turns violent in Norwich. Action News reporter Natalie Jenereski joins us in the studio with the latest on the investigation.

Around 10:30 Saturday night, a brutal fight broke out in front of a Norwich bar.

Shortly after the incident, police arrested two suspects involved in stabbing four people.

"I was shocked. I really can't believe, just can't believe it," said Betty Enchentile, of Norwich.

That was the reaction from many after hearing how four men were stabbed on the sidewalk in front of the Broad Street Tavern in the City of Norwich.

The North Broad Street stretch is a local hot spot for partiers.

"Driving by on Friday nights and Saturday nights, there's people standing here," said James Potter, of Norwich.

One man stepped out of his apartment this morning to find blood splattered along the sidewalk.

"I was sleeping and I just heard a whole bunch of ruckus, looked out and saw flashing lights."

Norwich police say the victims were treated at Chenango Memorial Hospital, and one was transferred to Wilson Hospital in Johnson City.

Police say two of the victims suffered serious stab wounds.

"To be hearing it happening in many other localities, and then to have it happen here, it's real sad, and it concerns me."

A knife was found near the scene.

Police believe it was the assault weapon.

33-year-old Bernie Infante and 24-year-old Roberto Otero are both being held at Chenango County jail.

Police arrested them less than a block away from where the incident happened on Mechanic Street.

"It is a nice quiet town, but every now and then it seems like it does get crazy. It's a shame though."

Infante was charged with criminal nuisance.

His bail was set at $500.

Otero is being held on a $50,000 bail.

He is charged with multiple felonies, including first and second degree assault, and criminal possession of a weapon.

Police would not release the names of the victims or the current status of their injuries.

They say the two men who were arrested claim they were minding their own business when they were verbally attacked, and it escalated from there.

The investigation is still ongoing.

Natalie Jenereski WBNG-TV Action News.

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