A Hartford police officer who was stabbed on Thursday while investigating a landlord-tenant dispute in a Constitution Plaza apartment building is on her way to recovery, according to Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley.
Officer Jill Kidik, a 12-year veteran of the force is recovering from multiple stab wounds at Hartford Hospital.
“This morning, surrounded by family and friends, she opened her eyes. He’s conscientious and he’s staying strong, “Foley said in a tweet on Friday morning.
Kidik was investigating a disturbance on the ninth floor of 5 Constitution Plaza around 9:40 am At some point in the investigation, there was a fight and the suspect, Chevoughn Augustin, threw the officer to the ground, grabbed a large kitchen knife ceramic, placed her in a strangulation and began to stab her in the neck. Kidik managed to call by radio to get help, Foley said.
Maintenance workers heard the disturbance and managed to separate Augustin from the officer. Foley called the workers who came to Kidik’s help “heroes” and said they would be “rewarded” when the time comes to honor the citizens.
Agustin, 39, has been charged with a criminal attempt to commit murder, assault in the first degree, assault against a police officer and third-degree criminal behavior. She is being held without bail, Foley said.