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Lackawanna man held in stabbing

A Lackawanna man charged with attempted murder is accused of stabbing an acquaintance during an argument at the victim's West Seneca home Thursday morning.

Daniel V. Jordan, 29, of South Park Avenue, was charged with second-degree attempted murder and arraigned before West Seneca Town Justice Jeffrey M. Harrington, said Capt. Patrick Shea. Jordan is in the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $50,000 bail, police added.

The victim, David Phillips, 31, of Chamberlin Drive, was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition, Shea said.

"He had been stabbed numerous times about the face and neck," Shea said. "He lost a substantial amount of blood."

Police were called at 8:45 a.m. to the Chamberlin address, where Phillips rents a room.

Phillips and Jordan, who have been acquaintances for at least a couple of years, got into a heated exchange that turned violent, Shea said.

"Luckily, the landlord could hear the argument going on in another room, and when the stabbing started, the victim started crying out for help," Shea said. "[The landlord] went into the room, wrestled with the suspect, got him down and disarmed him."

Chamberlin Drive runs off Seneca Street, near Cazenovia Park.

Shea did not want to release the name of the landlord but credits him with saving Phillips' life.

"I don't know what the argument was over," Shea said. "[Detectives] are working on that right now -- what prompted someone to stab someone like that."

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