Guilford teen accused of stabbing stranger to be released to psychiatric facility

Posted: Updated:

The Guilford teen accused of stabbing a stranger in a Westport parking lot will make bond - but under strict conditions, partly because of the prosecutor's arguments.

Senior Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Valdez says Tibere has been plotting to kill since he was a child.

The 18-year-old has been in custody on a $1 million bond since Jan. 6, when police say he stabbed a random woman.

Tibere is now headed to Whiting Forensic Institute in Middletown, a psychiatric facility where he will be on 24-hour supervision.

In court Monday, defense attorney John Gulash tried to get Tibere's bond reduced but was denied. 

Police say Tibere was wearing a mask and carrying a knife when he opened the door and attacked the victim. In court, the prosecutor said there was so much blood that it would make investigators think it was a murder scene.

"I have seen autopsied legs that look better than my client's leg after she sustained this injury," said attorney Gene Riccio, who represents the 33-year-old victim.

Riccio believes Tibere is a risk to the community and himself.

Valdez told the judge Tibere confessed to police that he had thoughts of killing someone as far back as 10 years ago.

In recently unsealed court documents, Tibere also said he broke into two homes in Westport before his arrest and planned to ambush the residents when they returned.

Gulash would not comment on the case.

Tibere appeared in court last week and was found competent to stand trial.

Police: Man stabs random woman at Westport shopping center
Police: Westport shopping plaza stabbing was ‘random attack’
Guilford teen found competent to stand trial in attempted murder case 

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."