Man Charged in Machete Assault in New Haven

A machete attack in New Haven appears to have started as two women getting into a dispute over a man, according to police.

Police said they responded to Yale–New Haven Hospital just before 3 a.m. on Friday after a 33-year-old New Haven man with two cuts on his head arrived in a private vehicle.

The man said he’d been involved in a fight at 54 Eastern St. and one person used pepper spray and another swung a machete at him.

Officers who went to the Eastern Street scene found a trail of blood from the front yard into the building and kicked in the back door when no one answered the door.

Three people who were inside described the fight and police believe it started as a dispute two women were having over a man.

Police charged five people with breach of peace, including the victim and the woman he went to the hospital with.

They said Omar Ryan, 50, of New Haven, confessed to cutting the victim with the machete and he was also charged with assault in the first degree and carrying a dangerous weapon.

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