Prosecutors: Man fatally stabbed friend following argument over broken Ring doorbell

Eusten Coppin, a man they thought was once a friend to their son Nicholas Lacatena, was arraigned for the 22-year-old’s fatal stabbing on Maryland Avenue Sunday night.

News 12 Staff

Feb 22, 2022, 10:20 PM

Updated 784 days ago

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It was an emotional day in Middletown for the family of a young man fatally stabbed over the weekend by his friend – as they faced their son’s alleged killer in court for the first time since his arrest.
Eusten Coppin, a man they thought was once a friend to their son Nicholas Lacatena, was arraigned for the 22-year-old’s fatal stabbing on Maryland Avenue Sunday night.
Prosecutors say the two men were arguing that day about a Ring camera that the victim allegedly broke. The argument continued at night, when Lacatena was stabbed in the chest.
Neighbors say they saw first responders desperately trying to save the young man.
“We saw the police lights and heard car doors slamming. We came out and saw the one boy laying on the ground and the cops giving him CPR," said Trish Jiminez, of Middletown.
She says police have been at the same house before for drugs, although police made no mention about drugs being involved.
Authorities say several people on the scene alerted police that Lacatena was bleeding inside an Acura.
Police were on the scene for hours, and Coppin was found the next day in the Town of Thompson.
He’s now facing indictment for murder and is being held in Orange County Jail without bail.
The case is expected to go before a grand jury on Thursday.


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