Police Investigate Random Stabbing at New Haven Dunkin’ Donuts

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A man went through surgery after being stabbed in the back inside the Dunkin’ Donuts on Derby Avenue in New Haven on Monday morning during a random attack and police said they are questioning a man who confessed to the crime. 

Just before 6 a.m., a regular customer of the shop was stabbed in the back as he was waiting in line at the counter, according to witnesses and the store manager. 

People at the scene said no words were exchanged, there was no apparent provocation and the assailant left the store after the stabbing. 

The manager reported seeing one man stab another and pointed out the person believed to be responsible, according to police, who said the suspect remained at the scene. 

The victim, who was conscious and alert when he was taken to the hospital and told police he doesn’t know the person who attacked him and could not offer any reason for why he was stabbed. The victim has gone through surgery, police said.

Police have arrested Holger Ojeda, 34, of West Haven, and said he confessed to the stabbing. He is in custody and is being interviewed. 

Dunkin' Donuts released a statement about the stabbing. 

"We are aware of the incident that occurred this morning at the Dunkin' Donuts restaurant at 105 Derby Avenue in New Haven. Our thoughts go out to the victim and his family. The franchise owner is cooperating fully with the local authorities in their investigation. As this is a pending police matter, it is inappropriate for us to comment further." a statement from the company says.

The doughnut shop was closed for several hours as police investigated, but it has since reopened. 

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