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MAN ACCUSED OF STABBING EX-GIRLFRIEND IN RETALIATION

A man angered because his former girlfriend allegedly stabbed him two weeks ago broke into the woman's Plymouth Avenue apartment early today and stabbed her, police said.

"The defendant broke into his former girlfriend's apartment . . . He stabbed her in retaliation for a stabbing she did to him a week ago," said Lt. Steven Nicosia of the Niagara Station. "They've just got to just stop stabbing each other."

The suspect broke into Hope Y. Jones' apartment on Plymouth about 12:50 a.m. through a window, found her sleeping and stabbed her in the upper chest, Nicosia said. The suspect ran away but returned 10 minutes later, just as a neighbor called police.

"He broke in, he stabbed her and stole her wallet, and then he came back for some unknown reason," said Nicosia.

Nicosia and his partner, Officer Michael Arcara, and two other officers arrived at the scene, confronted the man and had to forcibly control him, police said. Nicosia said the man struggled with officers all the way to police headquarters, where he was booked and processed.

"I stabbed her so she would know how it felt," the suspect declared at headquarters, according to witnesses.

Police identified the assailant as Peter Acoy, but were unable to learn his age, address or other information.

Meanwhile, Ms. Jones, 24, was transported to Buffalo General Hospital, where she was admitted in fair condition.

A police arrest report showed Ms. Jones was arrested by Niagara Station Officer William Westbrook June 16 and charged with second-degree assault in connection with the stabbing of Acoy.

But she told Nicosia the charges were dismissed because Acoy failed to show up in court sometime last week to testify against her. City Court officials said the case was dismissed, but they did not know when and could not immediately confirm why because the records are sealed.

Police charged Acoy with first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree obstruction of governmental administration, resisting arrest and harassment.

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