[UPDATE] Police: Man Assaulted by Several Other Males in East Haven Friday

East Haven Police are seeking information regarding the assault — apparently a retaliatory act following the fatal stabbing of Michael Lieto — which took place late Friday afternoon near Route 80 and Highland Place.

Update at 7:45 p.m.

The New Haven Register's Jennifer Swift is reporting that this afternoon's assault may be a retalitory incident in response to the fatal stabbing of Michael Lieto, which occured during a fight Tuesday along Maplevale Road in East Haven.

Swift reports that the man assaulted Friday is the step-brother of the juvenile male suspect arrested along with Aaron Powell, 21, following Tuesday's fight.

Powell is charged with first-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, carrying a dangerous weapon, and second-degree breach of peace.

Powell was held on a $1 million bond and was arraigned in New Haven court Wednesday.

Original Post

The following is a press release from the East Haven Police Department.

On November 16, 2012 at approx. 3:20 pm members of the East Haven Police Department responded to an assault complaint near the intersection of Highland Avenue and Rt. 80. 

Upon arrival they located the victim suffering from lacerations to his face and hands.

He had been assaulted by several males who fled the scene in a grey or black Honda ‘Civic.’

He was treated by emergency personnel for his injuries which were not life threatening. 

Anyone who has information regarding this altercation is asked to call the PD at 203-468-3820.


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donna November 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM
ALL THESE BOYS WERE WRONG. Be productive, love one another, find something to do besides walking the streets, scheming to meet others to do harm, Not one of these kids are innocent-I don't know the facts a lot of people think they do - but there are NO excuses for any of this. Carrying bats and weapons? All this hate, I pray everyone involved will be ok.
Kristy Turcio Porter November 17, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Yeah, Donna! First of all, respect begins at home and it is up to the parents to teach their children right from wrong, and raise them to be productive members of society. The problem with a lot of the young people, is they get everything they want without having to work for it and there are no consequences to bad behavior. You don't fight fire with fire. These kids need to go to college, go to work and get off the streets!
Rosie November 17, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Did anyone read the register today? The suspects family has called in the NAACP to investigate, saying their son acted in self defense. Gee..never saw that coming (sarcastic tone). Playing the race card, what a new concept...
Carole November 17, 2012 at 01:59 PM
May I remind you that the Lieto boys were stabbed in the back and beaten with a blunt instrument. Did the others involved in the fight sustain injuries and if so where? We need "just the facts, ma'am, just the facts" not the spin from some 'for profit' media venue.EH does not thrive on bad press but news medias do. If the others, involved in the fight or relatives, showed up intoxicated then the police should have been notified to remove him for "drunk and disorderly conduct".
Momauguin4Life November 17, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Ann Gee you are a moron, racial turf war?? The East Haven kids were just trying to get something back that belonged to them, Have you ever filed a stolen property complaint? Have you ever recovered what had been stolen?? Dont get me wrong East Haven has many flaws but this time its not on the town, If anything I wish you would see more outrage on the residents part if the roles were reversed we would have people marching down Main street every day , The police have there hands tied in dealing with these thugs because of the towns history..
cheryl November 17, 2012 at 04:16 PM
this is the truth !!!
For the Record November 17, 2012 at 06:11 PM
So far i think the only person who's been honest about what happened is Powell. Everyone is ignoring he stated the Lieto's produced a bat first. If thats the case, then its clearly self defense.
Lieto drives a gray civic November 17, 2012 at 06:52 PM
It's not self defense, he could have ran away from the fight. It's only self defense if you cannot run away
Brandi November 17, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I didn't know this young man but I find it very disturbing that the Powell family is looking to play the "Race Card" as a mother of 2 boys & an Italian resident from East Haven I feel for once we need to make our voices heard & stand up for Michael Lieto & his family. If this was the opposite way around & 3 Italian boys from East Haven killed a young Black man people would take to the streets demanding justice here we have a young Italian man is murdered (i don't agree w/manslaughter charge) and the murderer is acting like he is a victim of racism which by the way is not a reason to kill someone. Just because someone is from East Haven does not make them a racist I was born & raised here & I'm smart enough to know the color of one's skin says nothing about the person they are & there's good & bad people amoung us all no matter what color the skin. I am sick and tired of being presumed a racist simply because of where I live that's discrimanating against me. I hope for once the many fine people in this town stand up for whats right nobody deserves to die this way we can't continue to keep quiet & let everything turn into the race issue excuse the Lieto Family deserve justice w/out the cloud of "Racist East Haven" hanging over their heads
John November 17, 2012 at 08:51 PM
How come none of these kids are working or doing something productive. Let the facts come out. A life taken to soon. It sounds like all of these kids were looking for trouble
Momauguin4Life November 17, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Well said Brandi, I'm not Italian but I am a life long East Haven resident and I'm sick of the cloud of racism hanging over the town granted our Mayor didnt help with his taco comments..but this time is different..as you said if the roles were reversed we would see every news stations truck planted at the Town hall for weeks while people from all over the state marching down Main Street telling us how horrible our town is..
Lise Cavallaro November 18, 2012 at 12:11 AM
I think some residents shold be a little more concerned that this murder happened right in our back yards. Who cares if they were or were not working, could it have been a day off, who cares if they were or were not in college. Does any of that make murder right? Parents lost their son, siblings lost a brother. What is wrong with some of you?
EH pride November 18, 2012 at 12:41 AM
anm gee if your embarrassed to be from here don't even say that u are. I'm ashamed that people like you say crap like that. fact of the matter is... ”ap” stabbed these kids and one brother is dead. do you have kids? you can raise your kids anywhere in the world and this would still happen. you can't sit there and judge this situation because first of all this was about pride about family. I'm sure if the lieto's knew this kid was planning on stabbing them, they would have been more aware of what could happen... don't you think treyvon Martin, you know the black kid walking in FLORIDA would have carried a weapon rather than a phone and skittles if he knew that loser would shoot him repeatedly?... don't talk about things you don't know about. you have no right. grow up and be an adult, because you're comment was unnecessary and immature. no one gives a crap about how you feel about where you come from.. everyone who does care about this community is in mourning.. people need to show some respect cause it can happen to you no matter what u think.
EH pride November 18, 2012 at 12:54 AM
oh and look whose profiling? whoever stated that in an article is a fool, first of all. Because that's called sterotyping. Now I'm guessing since you said ” middle-aged”.. you must have been around in the 80s... well how about the camaros, big teased hair, massive amounts of hairspray, blue eyeliner and stone washed Jeans... its called trends and fads they change over decades. you must not only be middle aged but you are apparently UNEDUCATED !! because its everywhere all over the country... styles, music, different trends. this will change too.. no ones going on your Towns newspaper site talking junk about what you people wear our what you people look like. ha get a life loser
Momauguin4Life November 18, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Well done Lise and EH pride.... A life was taken people need to be respectful of the family, To paint the victim in such a light as to say he did something to deserve this is just disgusting...
EH pride November 18, 2012 at 01:15 AM
thank you i completely agree . and that's exactly what this woman is insinuating, as if in some sick way Mikey deserved this? well in my mind she's disgusting for saying that crap cuz that's what she's typing. do yourself a favor Ann gee, use your time on the crime that goes on in Florida.. we don't care to hear about your negative ridiculous antics . lmao don't waste your breath seriously.
Kristy Turcio Porter November 18, 2012 at 12:48 PM
None of these boys lived here, so none of them belonged here in the first place. I overheard a woman in the store yesterday saying that her son had the chain and it wasn't even a "good one". Perhaps this wasn't over a chain at all, and there is much more to the story. Anyone who stabs someone in the back is a coward. This Powell kid allegedly stabbed someone else, prior to this incident and never got arrested for it. The NAACP will find nothing here, even if the Lieto boys were holding a bat, they turned to walk away and were ambushed. This was not self-defense.
Stavener1 November 18, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Are you stupid? One Lieto brother died. Powell admitted to stabbing him. No matter who produced a weapon first, the fact remains that Powell is a scumbag murderer.
Ivanna D. Truth November 18, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Its not hard at all to stab someone in the back while facing them. There are many factors that can fit into a persons body being in a position to be stabbed in the back, i.e. swing an object and missing, wrestling with your opponent and being stabbed etc etc. also it does'nt state where on the back this wound was, it could have been to the rear of the lung, kidney area and such. No one here really knows. What we do know is a young life was lost because of something very stupid. Now both families are left to suffer.
Ann Gee November 19, 2012 at 08:02 AM
No, I am not a moron. Just a person who read a link on Facebook.,,,,family used to live in EH......On God's green earth, there is absolutely NO sane reason why 3 brothers and 2 people from New Haven, after blowing up on Facebook, should have met in these circumstances. One set bore bats, the others, knives. Over a neck chain. A young man's life is over because of a neck chain. I see a lot of the disrespect comments here. What in the name of.........is this the Mafia we are talking about? There is absolutely no reason in hell that this situation should have happened in the first place. None. And yes I have a grown daughter. I taught her to respect herself and pounded education into her brain from when she was a little girl. She now lives in NYC and has an MBA. I have a Bachelors. And that is why I am scratching my head over why in the world this was not handled by the proper authorities.
ChiefMomauguin November 19, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Oh and btw the lietos parents are split. One lives in eh the other in wallingford. Theyre from eh.
Ann November 19, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Regardless of what kind of person you think Michael Lieto was, he did not deserve to die this way. Being a resident of East Haven for the past 19 years, the thing that makes me scratch my head is that if this were a black man who was stabbed to death by a white man, there would be a march and a rally along Main Street. I guess it's not as outrageous for a black man to stab a white man to death. Reverse discrimination, racism???
Momauguin4Life November 19, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Who cares if the parents are split, the divorce rate in the Unites States is at 50 percent, whats your point?? He's parents are split so that makes him a bad person who deserved what happened to him?? You people are insane!! A man was murdered!! It doesnt matter if he worked,was unemployed,had the day off from work,called in sick,took a vacation day, If his parents were married or divorced......It's as if you people are trying very hard to justify Mr Powells actions...I dont understand it....
ChiefMomauguin November 19, 2012 at 11:33 PM
You ppl are retarded. Just shut up. Reading your comments prove you have no idea of what really went on. If you dont no the lietos or the other 2 kids ( which the 17 year old is white and both of them lived in east haven) then please shut up. Has nothing to do with race either. Both parties have good friends that are of different color and nationalities. Powell stabbed someone 2 weeks ago. The people never reported it till after this happened. Hea know for carrying a steak knife on him. Powell didt have the chain wen they showed up which proves its a set up. Powel and ant light were fighting someone elses fight. Powel had the knife out when they got there. Stabbed mike right from the begining. As bobby was giving cpr he walked over and stabbed him in his upper back in the center right below the neck and twisted and pulled out. I seen thw stab wound. Mike was hit behind the arm pit in the back and was basicly killed instantly. You ppl act like you know what went down. Dont judge our town or these ppl. The media doesnt get the story correct. Get the story from the horses mouth not from rumors or other stuff. You sound stupid arguing over this ( this was suppose to post before the last comment i made) and the point of that comment was becuase someones saying they shouldnt have been in eh if they live in wallingford when in reality their mother lives in eh
ChiefMomauguin November 19, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Definitely not on powells side
ChiefMomauguin November 19, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Now powell gets to live in an 8x10 on our account. We pay 34% of inmate cost. He gets a home 3 hot meals clothes education medical all out of our pocket. And people call that justice? Ha the justice system is a joke. He could be out in 25 20 years and still have a life. And the lietos get what? A dead son?
foxonboy203 November 21, 2012 at 07:37 AM
Brandi you are absolutely right Iv lived in east haven for 18 years and I can't agree more with everything you said
Karma November 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Lock up all of these morons (including the Lietos) and throw away the key. Society and East Haven will be none the worse for wear without these punks roaming the streets.
Flowers November 21, 2012 at 12:52 PM
This is classic young male nonsense. Nothing to do, unsupervised and into some macho posturing over a gold chain. Sad that someone died.
dancemami November 24, 2012 at 02:55 PM
you don't bring weapons to a fist fight over a FAKE gold chain and if it meant so much why is it being loaned out to other people...all people involved are wrong....


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