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The Times
  • Herkimer man charged with assault after stabbing

  • Herkimer police arrested a Herkimer man after a large fight on South Washington Street early Saturday morning, which left the suspect and three other Herkimer residents injured.

    Around 4:30 a.m., police received multiple calls about several individuals involved in a fight in the roadway at the 100 block of South Washington Street, with some reporting one of the participants was stabbed.

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  • Herkimer police arrested a Herkimer man after a large fight on South Washington Street early Saturday morning, which left the suspect and three other Herkimer residents injured.
    Around 4:30 a.m., police received multiple calls about several individuals involved in a fight in the roadway at the 100 block of South Washington Street, with some reporting one of the participants was stabbed.
    When police responded to the scene, two Herkimer males — ages 22 and 24 — were found with puncture wounds. The victims were treated at the scene and transported to area hospitals.
    Herkimer police Investigator Jeffrey Crim on Tuesday confirmed a weapon was recovered from the scene, but declined to elaborate since it is still an open investigation.
    One of the suspects was chased down by others participating in the fight to a residence where additional fights ensued. The suspect and one additional male were then transported to the hospital for lacerations sustained in the fights.
    Herkimer police announced on Tuesday afternoon they had arrested Joshua L. Laveck, 24, and charged him with first-degree assault, a class B felony. He was arraigned in village court and was remanded to the Herkimer County jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.
    “We are confident the person responsible for the stabbings is the one who is charged,” said Crim during a telephone interview on Tuesday afternoon. “We are hoping other witnesses are going to come forward with more information which will lead to additional charges.”
    Crim declined to say what triggered the fight in the first place.
    One of the victims was released the same day and a second victim is still recovering in the hospital with an abdominal injury. The names of the victims are being withheld during the investigation.
    Herkimer Police Chief Joseph Malone said it took the department three days to release the details of the incident because they were interviewing witnesses and needed to make sure they had a positive identification.
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