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Police identify, speak with Litchfield stabbing witnesses

LITCHFIELD — Cameras recently installed in local police cruisers have helped the Litchfield Police Department identify potential witnesses to a weekend stabbing.

Police Chief Joseph O’Brion said that as soon as medical personnel and police arrived at the scene of the stabbing around 4 p.m. Sunday in the area of 22 Woodhawk Way, several people quickly left the area.

“As officers responded, they caught some people on video. We took still photos and we were able to identify them and talk to them,” said O’Brion.

Johnathan Mandravelis, 24, of Litchfield, was found lying in the roadway suffering from multiple stab wounds.

“He was conscious,” said O’Brion, adding Mandravelis was able to talk to police about what may have taken place. A trail of blood was also present, helping detectives understand what could have transpired, he said.

“We are still talking to witnesses and trying to piece it together,” said the chief. “We kind of think we know what happened, but it is a little premature.”

Although Mandravelis told one version of events, at least one other person involved in the case told police a different story of what may have led to the stabbing, said O’Brion.

“Definitely some sort of crime happened,” said O’Brion, adding police must verify the facts before releasing additional details of the case.

Police said they were unsure of the number of stab wounds, but said they were significant. Mandravelis’ injuries, however, are not considered life-threatening, according to O’Brion.

Mandravelis was a member of Campbell High School’s Class of 2008, and is employed at Ray The Mover, according to his Facebook profile.

He is currently being treated at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua where he was last listed in serious condition.Anyone with additional information about the stabbing is asked to contact police at 424-4047.

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