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Arrest made in Port Watson Street stabbing

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City police made an arrest yesterday in Tuesday’s reported stabbing on Port Watson Street.

Investigators were led to 21-year-old William Tompkins, of Pendleton Street, after neighborhood surveillance cameras allowed them to find witnesses whose descriptions and statements pointed them to Tompkins.

Police learned he had fled to Tompkins County following the stabbing, where he was arrested just a day after for his actions during a domestic dispute in the Town of Newfield.

Tompkins was brought back to Cortland and charged with 2nd degree Assault and 4th degree criminal weapon possession.

He was last known to be at CPD awaiting arraignment.


Cortland City police are investigating a potential stabbing reported yesterday on Port Watson Street, where a 32-year-old man says he was attacked by a man he was not familiar with.

The victim told police he was walking along the road and saw a man and woman arguing, after which he claims the man attacked him just for looking at the couple.

A construction crew working in the area told investigators they’d seen and heard 2 men and a woman arguing with each other just before police arrived.

No one in the crew witnessed the stabbing.

The victim was treated and released for non-life threatening injuries at GCMC.

Police are continuing the investigation and anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Sean Byrnes at (607) 753-3001 ext. 323.

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