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Homeless Man Arrested With Weapons, Burglar Supplies After Dispute In Cortland

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A 31-year-old homeless man was arrested in Cortland Friday (September 6) night with weapons, a ski mask and stolen credit cards, following a dispute with another man at a residence on Owego Street.

Cortland Police say Atticus Clakely and a 44-year-old man were arguing just before 9 p.m. over $50 the man allegedly owed him for a bike repair, when Clakely suddenly brandished a 13-inch dagger.

The man then threw a tricycle at Clakely in order to disarm him. The struggle continued until the man headbutted Clakely in the face, causing lacerations and swelling, as well as heavy bleeding.

Police were then called to the area and found Clakely walking along Owego Street. They were originally dispatched to a potential stabbing because of how much blood he had running from his face.

Investigators found him to be in possession of the 13-inch knife, as well as two toy pistols, one of which had been modified with a .22 caliber barrel and had the ability to fire off a single round, according to Lt. Michael Strangeway.

Clakely was also found with a flashlight, gloves, a ski mask, several stolen credit cards and a counterfeit $100 bill.

He was remanded to the Cortland County Jail on $2500 cash/5000 bond and charged with four felonies and four misdemeanors, set to appear in city court this afternoon (September 9).

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