A Dunkirk man has been arrested following an attempted stabbing in the city.
Arcadio Soto-Irizarry, 28, of Park Avenue was charged with second-degree attempted assault and second-degree menacing following a family visit that went awry on the 500 block on Park Avenue on Thursday.
At about 5:30 p.m. Dunkirk Police responded to Park Avenue for a reported stabbing. Upon arrival, police located a victim sitting in a parked car. The victim reported that he had gone to the area of 514 Park Ave. where his daughter and grandchildren reside. When he saw his daughter outside, he stopped and asked to speak with her. At this time, the daughter's boyfriend, Soto-Irizarry, allegedly began challenging him to fight and started toward him with a large knife in his hand.
The victim ran back to his car and got inside. Soto-Irizarry allegedly ran after him, yelled at him that he was going to kill him and began thrusting the knife at him through the car window. The victim reported that he struggled to get the knife away and sustained several small cuts during the struggle. Soto-Irizarry also allegedly pressed the point of the knife against the victim's back and made further threats. He ran back to his residence after a neighbor yelled out that the police had been called.
Dunkirk Police interviewed Soto-Irizarry at his residence where he acknowledged being involved in an altercation. Officers were able to recover the large stainless steel knife from the house. Soto-Irizarry was not immediately charged at the scene and officers continued to investigate.
On Friday, Dunkirk City Court Judge Walter Drag issued an arrest warrant for Soto-Irizarry. Dunkirk Police were able to locate Soto-Irizarry outside his residence and took him into custody at 6 p.m. later that day. He was arraigned in Dunkirk City Court on Saturday and was sent to the Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail or $30,000 property bond.
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