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Victim cut in drug buy gone bad

NIAGARA FALLS – Police charged a Niagara Falls man for his role in an attempted robbery and stabbing. The victim and suspect had reportedly driven to a location in the Falls to buy marijuana at 4 p.m. Sunday on 71st Street.

The 23–year–old victim told police that after waiting, he changed his mind and wanted to leave. The suspect he knew only as “George” was riding in the backseat of the vehicle. He said George leaned forward and put a knife to his throat, telling him to “give it up” and hand over his money.

The victim grabbed the knife and was cut on his hands in the struggle. He got out of the car and run for help. The suspect then fled. The victim was transported by his girlfriend to a hospital where he received sutures on five of his fingers, said a patrol report.

Using social media, police were able to get a name of a suspect, who was identified as George Brinson. Brinson contacted police, but denied stabbing the victim. He said the victim had tried to grab his knife.

Brinson, 21, of 22nd Street, was charged with first-degree attempted robbery and second-degree assault with a weapon.