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Man slashed in neck on Main Street

A 24-year-old Blasdell man was fighting for his life in Erie County Medical Center late Wednesday after he was slashed in the neck with a box cutter on Main Street near the Main Place Mall, Buffalo and Transit police said.

Authorities said a dispute between two men escalated near the former AM&A's building in the 300 block of Main Street at 4 p.m., when a man armed with the box cutter slashed the other in the neck.

Blood from the victim, reported to be in his 20s, spattered across Metro Rail tracks and the sidewalk. The attacker, identified only as a 30-year-old man with no permanent address, fled on foot and was apprehended a short time later by transit police near the City Campus of Erie Community College. He was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

The victim was listed in serious condition late Wednesday. The names of the suspect and victim were not available. Police said the two are friends or acquaintances.

No charges had been lodged as of late Wednesday.

The disturbance interrupted the ride for Metro Rail passengers -- including Buffalo Sabres fans headed to HSBC Arena -- between Church Street and Lafayette Square.

The area was cordoned off with yellow crime tape as transit police and Buffalo homicide detectives investigated.

Inbound Metro Rail trains were halted at Lafayette Square. Outbound trains stopped at Church Street. Passengers were forced to leave the trains and walk to the next station to continue their trip.

e-mail: tpignataro@buffnews.com

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