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Unidentified man severs own finger in knife assault

May 22

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5/22/2010 10:32 AM  RssIcon

 Manchester Police requesting assistance identifying suspect in knife attack

 Submitted by: Det. Lt. Nick Willard

On 5-22-10 at approximately 12:49 a.m. Manchester Police responded to the area of WR Taverna, 201 Merrimack Street, for a report of a fight involving a possible stabbing. Upon arrival police learned that a subject was assaulted inside of the bathroom of WR Taverna.  Hector Reyes-Quintanilla (35) of Manchester was struck in the head with a beer bottle by a subject known only as “Miguel.”  Miguel was with another subject during the assault, who was identified as Erick Gonzales-Lopez (28) of Manchester.  Miguel and Gonzales-Lopez left the bar after the assault, only to confront Reyes-Quintanilla a second time outside of the bar at the intersection of Union and Merrimack Streets.  The assault escalated when Miguel produced a knife and in an attempt to stab Reyes-Quintanilla, he stabbed his associate Gonzales-Lopez.  As Miguel continued his attempted knife assault of Reyes-Quintanilla, he slashed another subject identified as Ciriaco Cuniga of Manchester.  Cuniga is a friend of Reyes-Lopez.  As Miguel attempted to further stab the two subjects, he severed one of own fingers.  It has yet to be determined which of his fingers was severed.  When police arrived, they transported victims to the hospital and recovered Miguel’s severed finger at the crime scene (Union/Merrimack). 

Hector Reyes-Quintanilla was transported to the CMC hospital for lacerations to his facial area that he suffered in the initial attack in the bathroom.


Erick Gonzales-Lopez was transported to the Elliot Hospital for a stab wound to his left side.  His wound appears to be non-life threatening.  Although Gonzales-Lopez is an associate of Miguel, his possible criminal involvement is still under investigation.


Ciriaco Cuniga sustained a superficial slash type wound to his chest and was treated at the scene and released.


Manchester Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying Miguel.  At this time, he is known only by his first name and as someone who resides in Manchester.  He is described as:


Hispanic male

5'4", 140-150 lbs.

with a number (possibly the number "13" or "18") tattooed on one of his arms.


Anonymous tips can be made through Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or by calling the Manchester detectives at 668-8711 ext. 396


Submitted by:  Det. Lt. Nick Willard

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