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Man stabbed in chest in 700 block of Franklin Street

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Watertown city police took a person of interest into custody after a man was stabbed in the chest Wednesday afternoon during a dispute in the 700 block of Franklin Street.

The stabbing occurred just before 5 p.m., when two men engaged in a dispute in front of a residence. The injured man, whom police had not identified, was stabbed on the left side of the chest, near the heart, Sgt. James R. Spencer said. The man was taken by ambulance to the town of Watertown highway building, then flown by LifeNet helicopter to a Syracuse hospital. His condition was not known.

Police questioned a man inside the house at 702 Franklin St. and then took him to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building.

Police did not release his name as of Wednesday night.

Tammy R. Clemons, who lives across the street from the residence where the incident was reported, said she heard hollering and came out of her Flower Avenue East apartment to see what was happening.

“I heard lots of yelling and when I came out, I saw a guy on the ground,” she said. “The other guy was standing over him waiting for the ambulance to come. The guy said he was stabbed.”

The injured man took off his shirt and tried to stop the bleeding, she said. He was lying on the sidewalk until the ambulance arrived.

Yellow police tape was placed across the front yard and wrapped around to the side of the multifamily apartment building. At one point, seven patrol cars swarmed the scene, with one blocking traffic a block down on Rutland Street.

A crime scene investigator picked up the man’s dark blue shirt from the sidewalk and placed it in a brown paper evidence bag. A knife, with about a 4-inch blade and a black handle, also was recovered from the scene.

The investigator took photos of items before placing them in a black case.

Small groups of neighbors gathered while police investigated.

Neighbor Sarah E. Finn, who has lived on Franklin Street for about a year, said she was surprised to hear that a man had been stabbed so close to her apartment.

“It’s crazy,” she said.

Ms. Clemons said she has noticed an increase in crime in the city during recent months, noting a shooting that happened a few blocks away last month. She was relieved that her 13-year-old son was not home when it happened.

“It’s beginning to be a little Syracuse,” she said. “It’s getting bad.”

Just last week, a city man was charged with second-degree attempted murder and other counts in connection with the stabbing of his live-in girlfriend.

Jarvis G. Parson, 53, of 111 Meadow Ave., is accused of stabbing Stephanie S. Campbell, 39, several times and chasing her near Meadow Avenue and South Meadow Street.

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