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Ex-convict arrested in stabbing, assault

A Buffalo man who spent 21 years in state prison after shooting two men during an argument over a pair of cowboy boots is back in trouble with the law after police said he assaulted two neighbors Wednesday night who were looking for their cat.

Paul Brutcher, 49, of Holly Street, was charged with assault and accused of stabbing a next door neighbor and striking the man's girlfriend with a flashlight after screaming obscenities at them while they were searching for their cat.

Brutcher, 49, was charged with first- and third-degree assault, harassment and criminal possession of a knife, Buffalo police said.

Police Lt. Julie Moran and Officer Lisa Wedlake seized a six-inch blade from Brutcher when they arrested him in his home at about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to a police report.

The victims told police that after the woman went out looking for their cat, Brutcher came out of his house "screaming obscenities" and struck her with a large yellow flashlight. The male victim came out, and Brutcher allegedly stabbed him above his left ear, police said.

Both victims were treated in Erie County Medical Center, police said.

According to state prison records, Brutcher was released from the state's Clinton Correctional Facility in May 2001 after spending almost 21 years in prison on his attempted murder conviction for shooting two Buffalo men during an argument over a pair of cowboy boots.