Cops: Man stabs girlfriend, self in bloody Main Street assault

MICHAEL WHITE PHOTO | The inside of the Citgo gas station on West Main Street in Riverhead, where police say a man stabbed his live-in girlfriend in the arm Tuesday morning.

A Riverhead man was found Tuesday morning with a self-inflicted knife wound to the chest moments after he stabbed his live-in girlfriend at the Citgo gas station on West Main Street, Riverhead Police said.

Kristopher Smilowska, 37, stabbed his girlfriend in the arm inside the convenience store shortly after 2 a.m. Tuesday morning before fleeing the scene by foot, police said.

A police search party located him behind a shed at his Raynor Avenue home a short time later.

A clerk at Citgo Tuesday morning said the couple was arguing inside the store before the stabbing occurred and the man fled. An overnight clerk at Citgo then tended to the woman by holding napkins over her wound while waiting for police to arrive.

She was treated at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead and released. Her injuries were described by police as non-life threatening.

Mr. Smilowska was also taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, but later transported to Stony Brook University Hospital where he underwent surgery and was expected to survice, police said.

He was listed in stable condition as of Tuesday morning, detectives said. He faces a charge of second-degree assault.

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Additional reporting by Michael White.