Newton man who cut line at Coogan’s allegedly stabs another man when denied entry

A 38-year-old Newton man tried repeatedly to bypass the line outside of a downtown bar and became enraged when he was made to wait, stabbing one man and punching another, according to Boston police.

There was a line to get into Coogan’s bar on Milk Street early Sunday morning. Peter J. Damelio and a friend tried to bypass the crowd and cut the line not once but twice, police said.

Damelio became enraged after the second failed attempt and punched one man in the face several times before pulling out a knife and stabbing another in the torso, police said.


Neva Coakley, a Boston police spokeswoman, said she could not say if the two victims worked at the bar, citing privacy law.

After the alleged stabbing, police said Damelio jumped into the back seat of a taxi cab.

Police found the cab — with Damelio still inside — later at 37 Chelsea St. in Charlestown. The knife was on the back seat floor near Damelio’s feet, authorities said.

Police arrested Damelio and charged him with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He is expected to appear in Boston Municipal Court on Monday.

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