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Girl, 17, charged in stabbing

A 17-year-old Buffalo girl was charged Wednesday with stabbing another teen Tuesday afternoon on Pierce Avenue.

Jazzie Capri Bennett, of Elma Avenue, was arraigned in City Court on a felony charge of second-degree assault and released on $1,000 bail. Detectives said Bennett turned herself in to police Wednesday morning and admitted her involvement in the assault.

Niagara Falls Police Detective Lt. Michael Trane said much of the incident was captured on a video surveillance system at Hometown Market, near where the incident took place. He said it has since been placed on YouTube but was not posted by Niagara Falls police.

Police responded just before 5 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a woman stabbed in the throat at 17th Street and Pierce Avenue. The 18-year victim was found sitting on a porch in the 1500 block of Pierce Avenue with a blood-soaked shirt held to her neck.

The 18-year-old, whose name was not released, had several wounds, all on the left side of her body, including the injuries to her neck. She was taken by ambulance to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, then was transferred to Erie County Medical Center, where she remained hospitalized Wednesday. Her injuries are not life-threatening, and she is expected to recover fully, Trane said.

The victim told police she was confronted at Pierce and 17th as she walked from the Hometown Market in the 1500 block of Pierce Avenue by a girl who knew her and the argument became physical.

Investigators said the surveillance video shows both teens had been in the Hometown Market and the victim first chased Bennett through the parking lot and into the street. Bennett then managed to pull a knife from her purse while running, and as the two got across the street, police said, Bennett allegedly used the knife to assault the 18-year-old.