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2014-09-10 / Local News

Three stabbing incidents lead to four arrests in town

Three separate — and unrelated — stabbing incidents occurred between Aug. 30 and Sept. 2, resulting in the arrests of four individuals, according to the Town of Tonawanda Police Department.

In each of the incidents, the victim and the alleged attacker knew each other.

The first stabbing occurred at 1:15 a.m. on Aug. 30 on River Road near Two Mile Creek. A man and a woman were traveling in a car on River Road when they began arguing. The woman, who was driving, pulled over to talk. The man, Christopher F. Johnson, 28, of Best Street in Buffalo, proceeded to become irate and attack the woman, police said.

During the incident he bit her, grabbed her by the face and stabbed her in the hand with a pocket knife, police said. He then fled the scene with some of her property and was arrested a short time later, according to authorities.

Johnson is charged with robbery in the first degree, robbery in the second degree, assault in the second degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree and criminal mischief in the fourth degree. He is being held without bail and was scheduled for a felony hearing on Sept. 4 in Town of Tonawanda Court.

The second incident occurred Sept. 1 on Fries Road in the new apartments built on the site of the old Brighton Elementary School. This was a domestic dispute between two women that resulted in a physical altercation, police said.

Tamieka Y. Johnson, of Grider Street in Buffalo, was charged with assault in the first degree, menacing in the second degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, and aggravated harassment. Johnson is accused of stabbing another woman in the shoulder with a kitchen knife, police said. Her bail was set at $10,000, and she was scheduled for a felony hearing on Sept. 4 in town court.

The third incident occurred on Blackmore Street. This involved two women who were fighting, resulting in one getting stabbed. Both were arrested. April Petryshyn, 33, of Alcott Court in Tonawanda, was stabbed in the right lower leg, allegedly by Randi M. Murphy, 30, of Blackmore Street. This was the result of Petryshyn going to Murphy’s house and confronting her over a boyfriend, according to police.

Murphy stabbed Petryshyn with a kitchen knife, police said. Murphy has been charged with assault in the second degree, tampering with evidence and endangering the welfare of a child, among other charges. Bail was set at $500.

Petryshyn was subsequently also charged with endangering the welfare of a child. She was released on an appearance ticket.

The endangering charges for both women apparently stem from either their behavior in front of children or leaving children unattended to engage in the behavior. The tampering charge stemmed from Murphy hiding the knife, police said.

Murphy was scheduled for a felony hearing on Sept. 4 in Town Court.

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