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Crime

February 26, 2014

Suspect in Big Lots stabbing arrested during Tuesday night's shooting incident

The man taken into custody during Tuesday night's shooting incident at 27th Street and Orleans Avenue is the suspect in Sunday's stabbing in the parking lot of a Lockport Big Lots.

Niagara Falls Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto said Narcotics Division detectives were assisting members of the Niagara County Drug Task Force in what was described as a “buy-bust” operation involving a methamphetamine investigation. Police were originally in the area to look for Jason Clark, 39, of Lockport, one of two men involved in a Sunday afternoon stabbing in the parking lot of the South Transit Road business.

Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour told Channel 4 News, “It just kept evolving, originally it was an investigation to get Jason T. Clark off the street. That led to a drug investigation, which led to Orleans Avenue, which led to remnants of methamphetamine in plain view, which led to a search warrant.”

DalPorto said Clark attempted to dive out a window of the home but was taken into custody. Then as detectives attempted to “clear” others in the house, they encountered two women.

“One of the women began to fight with a detective and his gun accidentally went off,” DalPorto said. The gun grazed a woman inside the home. An infant was also present in the house but was not injured. The detective was also uninjured during the incident. The woman who was injured reportedly refused treatment at the hospital.

Brittney Blenker, 23, was charged with felony assault, felony reckless endangerment and obstructing government administration. Clark was charged with felony assault warrant for a second-degree assault charge in the city of Lockport.

Sunday's stabbing occurred about 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Staff told police two men were arguing with a man and a woman in the store. The four people went outside where the argument escalated in the parking lot and the man with the woman was stabbed. 

All four people had fled the area prior to deputies arriving. The two men fled on foot while the man, a 38-year-old Spring Street resident, and woman drove to Eastern Niagara Hospital for treatment. 

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