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UPDATE: City Man Attacks Another On Main Street, Stomping Him While Unconscious

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Cortland Police say Sanders has been arraigned and remanded to the Cortland County Jail without bail.

He is set to appear again in City Court on September 5.


Some updated details in yesterday’s (September 3) attack in downtown Cortland, originally reported as a stabbing on Main Street just past 6 p.m. between Court Street and Central Avenue.

Cortland Police now have in their custody 26-year-old Brian Sanders, of Route 281 in Preble, who they say attacked a 55-year-old man on Main Street who was acquainted with him.

Lt. Michael Strangeway says Sanders was armed with an aluminum can he had torn in half, but the most serious injuries were caused by blunt trauma to the victim’s head and face during the attack, causing internal bleeding into the brain.

Several witnesses reported seeing Sanders stomping on the man’s head while he was unconscious. Eventually, another citizen pulled him off and pinned him to the ground until police could arrive.

Sanders was then arrested and taken to the Cortland Police Department, awaiting his arraignment. He’s been charged with first-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

The 55-year-old victim remains in critical condition at SUNY Upstate’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit.


Authorities responded to another possible stabbing on Main Street in Cortland just past 6:00 this evening (September 3), between Court Street and Central Avenue.

Multiple reports came through the Cortland County 911 Center of an unconscious victim and a shirtless perpetrator being pinned down by a citizen, who allegedly slashed the victim with a broken glass bottle.

A suspect is currently in custody at the City of Cortland Police Department and the victim was brought to Guthrie Cortland Medical Center via TLC ambulance.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as we get more information.

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