BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Two roommates have been arrested after one pulled out a knife and the other grabbed a machete during a dispute about being evicted, Bridgeport police said.
On Monday, Nov. 9, police officers were dispatched to an apartment near Shelton Street and Pembroke Street after one roommate reportedly threatened another roommate with a knife, police said.
When officers arrived, they entered the room of Jaime Feliciano and saw him holding a spring-loaded knife, police said.
Feliciano said he was renting a room from Renzo Estuella, who had been issued an eviction notice by their landlord due to failure to pay rent, police said.
Feliciano said he had been giving Estuella half of the rent to pay the landlord, but Estuella was lying to the landlord and keeping that money for his own use, according to police.
When Feliciano confronted him, Estuella grabbed a machete and threatened Feliciano, he told police.
In self-defense, Feliciano grabbed a knife, according to his account.
A quick canvass turned up a machete under the mattress in Estuella's room, police said. He told officers that he did not pull out the machete or threaten Feliciano with it, police said.
Both Estuella and Feliciano were arrested and transported for booking, police said.
Estuella was charged with disorderly conduct, and second-degree threatening. Bond was set at $5,000.
Feliciano was also charged with disorderly conduct, and second-degree threatening with bond set at $5,000.
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