OBSERVER Staff Report
A City of Dunkirk man was arrested on a variety of charges Friday evening during a joint operation conducted by City of Dunkirk Police, New York State Parole agents and Village of Fredonia Police.
Jermaine L. Fann, age 26, of Maple Avenue, was taken into custody during a felony traffic stop on Route 20 as the vehicle he was a passenger in entered the Village of Fredonia on East Main Street.
Jermaine L. Fann
Fann was wanted by City of Dunkirk Police in connection with a slashing incident that took place at about 2 a.m. on Aug. 19 on Central Avenue near the intersection of Second Street. Fann was also wanted by the New York State Division of Parole for a parole violation.
On Aug. 19 around 2 a.m., Dunkirk police responded to a Central Avenue location for a reported fight. A sizable crowd was dispersed and it was learned that a 27-year-old Dunkirk man had been slashed across the face with an unidentified bladed instrument and had sustained a severe laceration requiring over 98 stitches to close the wound.
Through their investigation, Dunkirk Police were able to identify Fann, who was under the supervision of New York State Parole, as the suspect. Police and parole agents then began searching for Fann, who was believed to be on the run and hiding out from authorities since the incident occurred.
Dunkirk police detectives and parole agents developed information on a residence outside the city limits where Fann was alleged to be hiding out. They conducted surveillance of the home and spotted Fann getting into a vehicle outside the home. The two agencies kept surveillance on the vehicle while Dunkirk and Fredonia police patrol units converged on the area. The vehicle was stopped as it entered the Village of Fredonia on Route 20 and Fann was taken into custody without incident.
Fann was charged with first-degree assault, a class b felony; third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class d felony; and violation of parole. He is currently being held without bail for arraignment in Dunkirk City Court. He is also facing an additional charge for violating his parole conditions.