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West Seneca man accused of threatening neighbor, police

A West Seneca man threatened a neighbor and responding police officers at a Harlem Road apartment complex, police reported.

West Seneca police said they were called to the address about 7:45 p.m. Friday by another tenant of the building who said the man was intoxicated when he knocked on the victim's door and threatened the occupants of the apartment.

As the officers arrived in the parking lot of the apartment complex, they were alerted by the victim, who yelled from an upstairs window that the man had a knife and was running down the stairs to his apartment. Officers entered the building and heard a door shut in the downstairs hallway. They knocked on the door, announced that they were the police. Officers said the man did not say anything, but could be heard moving around inside the apartment.

When the man opened the door, police said he had a large butcher's knife in his left hand and was in an aggressive fighting stance. Officers said they held the man at gunpoint while ordering him to drop the knife. He initially refused, until one of the officers drew his Taser and pointed it at the man, who put the knife down after a short stand-off before he was handcuffed by police.

Dwight E. Mitchell, 47, was charged with second-degree menacing, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and menacing a police officer. He was arraigned and held in lieu of $50,000 bail at the Erie County Holding Center. He was scheduled to return to court at a later date.

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