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February 20, 2011

Media Release

Re: Suffolk County Man Arrested for Attempted Murder

Early Sunday morning, February 20, 2011 at approximately 1:30am Auburn Police
Officers were dispatched to 27 Steel St. on the report of a female stabbed. Upon
police arrival officers located a female sitting on top of a male in the middle of Steel
St. The female who is a friend of the victim had detained the alleged suspect until
police arrived. The female then brought police to the victim who was sitting inside
of a nearby car bleeding profusely from a large wound to her neck. Officers
immediately requested medical assistance from Auburn Fire and TLC personnel.

Upon the arrival of the ambulance the victim, a 41 year old Liverpool, NY resident,
was immediately taken from the scene directly to Upstate Medical Center because of
the life threatening injury to her neck. Once at Upstate Medical Center the victim
was taken into emergency surgery. At the time of this press release the victim is out
of surgery but still listed in critical condition.

The suspect identified as Christopher W. Tessitore was detained by officers and

subsequently transported to Auburn Memorial Hospital for self inflicted wounds to
his neck that he appeared to have inflicted after injury was done to the female

Through the police investigation it appears that the victim had accompanied her
friend, the owner of 27 Steel St. to a local benefit. When the two arrived to the 27
Steel St. address inside was the home owner’s daughter and her boyfriend
Christopher Tessitore. The home owner then left the residence to go to the store
and at some point while she was gone the victim and Tessitore engaged in a verbal
dispute. When Tessitore’s girlfriend entered the room to determine why there was
an argument she saw the victim bleeding and Tessitore with a knife in his hand.
Shortly after the home owner returned and learned what had happened. Tessitore
had left the home on foot and the home owner followed Tessitore down the street
and jumped on his back to stop him from leaving the scene until police could arrive.

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46 North Street. Auburn, New York 13021-3699. (315) 255-4705. Fax (315) 255-4709
Tessitore was subsequently treated for superficial wounds to his neck and released
from Auburn Memorial Hospital. He was transported to Auburn Police
Headquarters and charged with attempted murder 2nd, assault 1st and criminal
possession of a weapon 3rd. Tessitore was arraigned and committed to the Cayuga
County Jail without bail.

This investigation is ongoing and the Auburn Police Department would like to speak
with anyone who may have additional information concerning this incident. Please
contact lead investigator Det. Patrick Shea at 315-255-4703, Det. Kyle Platt at 315-
255-4702 or the Auburn Police Department at 315-253-3231. Your calls can remain

See page 3 for defendant and charge details:

Prepared by: Lt. Shawn Butler

315-255-4705 / sbutler@auburnpolice.net

46 North Street. Auburn, New York 13021-3699. (315) 255-4705. Fax (315) 255-4709
Christopher W. Tessitore / 28 years of age
281 Manhattan Blvd.
Islip Terrace, NY 11752

(1) ct. Att. Murder 2 / B Felony
(1) ct. Assault 1 / B Felony
(1) ct. Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd / D Felony

46 North Street. Auburn, New York 13021-3699. (315) 255-4705. Fax (315) 255-4709