Fairfield police: Argument at ATM escalated into physical fight, then stabbing

Azael Morales-Osorio, 24, of Bridgeport, is charged with assault and breach of peace.

Marissa Alter

Apr 26, 2023, 10:08 PM

Updated 387 days ago


An argument between strangers at an ATM turned physical with one person stabbed multiple times and the other arrested, according to Fairfield police.
It happened at the Wells Fargo on Black Rock Turnpike Tuesday around 7 p.m.
Azael Morales-Osorio, 24, of Bridgeport, is charged with assault and breach of peace. Morales-Osorio posted $100,000 bond and is due in court May 9.
Police said the incident began inside the vestibule after the victim asked Morales-Osorio to leave because a third party, a woman using the ATM, said she felt uncomfortable by his presence.
“When the person asked for him to leave, he became offended,” said Lt. Michael Paris. “Some type of verbal argument ensued, which escalated to a physical argument outside and then escalated again when the suspect pulled a knife, a razor blade-style knife, assaulting the other person.”
An officer on patrol came across the two men fighting in the middle of the road, according to police.
“Thank God our officer was right there. Thank God he intervened when he did. He called for assistance, and then as soon as backup arrived, we were able to control the situation,” Paris said.
He told News 12 the man who was stabbed had lacerations to his stomach, elbow and thigh. He was treated at the hospital and released shortly after.
On Wednesday, some people going shopping next to the bank had no idea it was a crime scene the night before.
“I'm shocked cause you feel safe in this town,” said Alice Dizenzo, of Fairfield. Dizenzo told News 12 she tries to limit her ATM trips at night. “I think I would be afraid if somebody came in the same vestibule while I was in there. I think courtesy is they usually wait outside.”
“It's scary what's going on these days, what can escalate so quickly,” said Chris Elsberry, of Bridgeport. Elsberry said he attempts to just use the bank during business hours as a precaution. “You never know who's around, and you've got to be safe rather than sorry."
Paris said police want the public to call them if something doesn’t feel right rather than engage themselves. “We want to be able to be that intermediary to get through and prevent something like this from happening,” he said.

More from News 12