Teen accused of stabbing woman randomly in Westport released under strict conditions

A Guilford teen accused of stabbing a woman he didn't know in Westport will now essentially be under house arrest.

News 12 Staff

May 20, 2020, 7:23 PM

Updated 1,516 days ago

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A Guilford teen accused of stabbing a woman he didn't know in Westport will now essentially be under house arrest.
Ellis Tibere has spent the past 12 weeks in a psychiatric hospital under round-the-clock supervision. A judge OK'd his release Wednesday with strict conditions.
Tibere's case is out of the Stamford Judicial District, but due to the pandemic, that courthouse is closed, so the hearing was held in Bridgeport.
While attorneys and the judge were physically in the courtroom, Tibere appeared by video conference from Whiting Forensic Hospital in Middletown. He was joined by his doctor, who said Tibere no longer needs inpatient care.
The Guilford High School senior has been hospitalized since late February after posting a $1 million bond. Per a previous court order, he couldn't leave Whiting without a hearing to determine his release conditions.
The case began Jan. 6, when police arrested Tibere for a stabbing in a Westport parking lot.
Police say Tibere didn't know the victim, a 33 year old Greenwich woman who was attacked while sitting in her car.
Police say Tibere was wearing a mask and carrying a knife when he opened the car door and attacked her.
In court Wednesday, Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Valdez said "the defendant is obsessed with injuring another human being" and is still a "high risk" to the community, which is why he can only be released with strict conditions.
Those conditions, agreed to by all parties involved, include house arrest and wearing a GPS ankle monitor.
Tibere will only be allowed to leave his home with a parent for pre-approved medical or mental health treatments, legal visits and court appearances.
"I think the chief protection for my client is there is electronic monitoring of his activities constantly, 24 hours," said Gene Riccio, the victim's attorney. "That's a great comfort to us."

The judge told Tibere there will be zero tolerance for any violations. Those include missing a doctor's appointment or refusing prescribed medication.
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