Niagara Gazette


March 19, 2013

Police probe Pierce Avenue attack

Niagara Gazette — Falls Police detectives are looking for as many as five suspects after a melee on Pierce Avenue Monday night left two men suffering from stab woulds.

Investigators said the trouble started when three men were confronted by a group of 10 men, around 6:30 p.m., in the 1700 block alley of Pierce Avenue. The group of three told patrol officers at the scene they were "cornered" by the large group and a car that was driving up the alley.

"They charged at us and we had to either fight or get beat up," the victims told the officers. "We were outnumbered so they got the best of us."

A witness told investigators the victims had tred to escape their attackers. 

"The three guys were just trying to get away from the other ones," the witness said. "I could see one guy throwing (one of the victims) in front of a car that was coming toward them in the alley. He then started hitting him after he threw him down."

The victims said at least one of the suspects, all described as being in their mid to late teens, was wielding a knife.

"When the larger group attacked the smaller group, one of the guys in the small group was stabbed," Detective Lt. Mike Trane said. "But one of the suspects was also cut."

As neighbors attempted to stop the fight the victims ran to a nearby home, while the suspects ran west down Pierce Avenue. 

Police said the stabbing victim suffered multiple wounds to his back. He was taken to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, where he is listed in stable condition.

The other victims had wounds to their hands and heads.

As detectives continued their investigation, another stabbing victim showed up at the emergency room of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. Investigators said this stabbing victim was one of the attackers.

"Apparently in the fighting, he somehow got stabbed as well," Trane said. 

Detectives charged Jonathan Singleteary, 18, 212 85th St., with second-degree gang assault.

Investigators are looking for help from the public to identify the remaining suspects. Anyone who has information about this incident or knows the suspects, is asked to contact detectives in the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 286-4553.

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