Canastota: Stabbing sends one to hospital

A stabbing in downtown on Saturday sent one man to the hospital and another to Madison County Jail.

Investigator Sabrina Paladino and Officer Valerie Clarke arrested Donald J. Rich, 25, of 104 Third St. Canastota for second-degree assault, a class D felony and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon on Sept. 6.

The victim was a 31-year-old male, also of Canastota.

A witness, who claimed to have seen the entire incident, said the victim and another person were standing in front of 114 North Peterboro St. when Rich approached them and wanted to talk. The witness claims Rich crossed the street and stood in front of the China Garden restaurant and asked the victim to follow him. The witness said the victim followed and the two argued over the business of drugs.

The witness then said Rich reached into his right pocket and took out a knife and unfolded it. The two were still arguing when the victim punched Rich in face and then Rich cut the victim with the knife.

While at the hospital, Paladino questioned the victim who said he was talking to two other people when Rich approached him and told him about a job he got that the victim wanted. The victim said he didn't get the job because negative things were said about him to the boss. Rich told him he didn't deserve the job. The victim told him to get out and Rich said he was sick of people like the victim trying to bully people.

The victim said he walked away and Rich followed him. When he turned around to see where Rich was, Rich swung his right hand at him. He said he was holding a black knife with a silver blade about three our four inches long. He said Rich swung the knife twice. The first time he missed but the second time he threw his arm up to block the knife and was stuck in the arm. He said Rich ran. The victim said he went back to his house to put a tee shirt around his arm to stop the bleeding.

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