Police arrested a man on murder charges after he stabbed his nephew to death in a drunken fight in the Hartford apartment where they were temporarily living together, police said.
Jose Colon, 67, of 69 James Street, Apartment 103, Hartford, is accused of murdering his nephew, Roberto Perales, 55, of New Britain on Thursday night, police said.
Perales was temporarily living with Colon in his apartment on James Street in Hartford when the two got into an argument while drinking alcohol and becoming intoxicated, police said. The verbal altercation escalated into a physical fight and Colon got a knife from the kitchen, stabbing Perales' arm.
The two struggled and Perales gained control of the knife, stabbing Colon. A witness called police to report the double stabbing.
Police arrived at the apartment at 9:52 p.m. to find a bloody scene as both men bled from their stab wounds. First responders treated a severe stab wound in Perales' arm at the scene and EMS personnel drove him to St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, where he was pronounced dead at 10:35 p.m.
Colon was found bleeding from the head, so he was transported to St. Francis to be treated for what turned out to be a non-life-threatening injury. Once he was released from the hospital, he was taken into police custody.
Police arrested Colon, charging him with murder. He is being held in custody on a $1 million bond.
Hartford police continue to investigate the fatal stabbing.