Elderly Woman Disarms Knife-Wielder

A man with a 9-inch kitchen knife came into a house on Eastern Street and started making threats. Luckily, a 73-year-old woman showed up to disarm him.

Here’s what happened, according to police spokesman Officer Dave Hartman:

At 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Officer Darry Cargill responded to a threatening complaint on Eastern Street near the Bella Vista elderly housing complex.

A 40-year-old man there told Cargill he’d been threatened by a man who knocked at his door and came in carrying a kitchen knife. The man threatened to kill him if he didn’t give him money.

The 40-year-old started yelling; several people came to help. Among them was a 73-year-old woman, who disarmed the man with the knife. She turned the blade over to Officer Cargill, who arrested the man on charges of attempted robbery, threatening, breach of peace, and carrying a dangerous weapon.

In other police news, according to Hartman:

He Tried To Blend In: At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Officers Raul Pereira and Osvaldo Garcia were parked in the parking lot of Minore’s market on Whalley Avenue, an area where several commercial robberies have occurred recently.

“Two men hopped over a fence from an adjoining lot into the one they were parked in,” Hartman said. “The men somehow missed spotting the marked police car until they ran by it. Once they realized the officers were there, they changed their pace to a walk and tried to nonchalantly make it to the sidewalk.

“They failed to put off the officers’ interest in them. One of the men, who saw the officers exiting the cruiser, didn’t want to stick around for the confrontation, and took off across Whalley Avenue. The officers took off after him. ... He ran around the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant and back to the street. The Officers saw him holding something at his waistband. [He] made it to a fenced-in yard behind 290-292 Sherman Ave., where the officers briefly lost sight of him.

“As the officers made it to Sherman Avenue, they spotted [the man]—out of breath—sitting on the porch of 286 Sherman Ave. He was trying to blend in with the three others sitting on the porch. He failed and was detained.

“Officer Garcia traced [the man’s] path and found a revolver in the lot at 306 Whalley Ave. The officers were approached by a man and woman who told them they’d been walking through the lot at 306 Whalley Ave., when they saw [the man] run by. They said [the man] threw the gun to the ground.

Police arrested the 19-year-old for carrying a pistol without a permit, trespassing, and interfering with officers.

Checkers Game Ends In Stabbing: Just after 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Officers Alex Morgillo and Michael Haines were dispatched to Eastern Street and Hemingway Avenue to check out a stabbing complaint. They found a man sitting on the sidewalk.

“I have been stabbed!” he yelled.

He had been stabbed once in his left shoulder and once in his lower back. The 24-year-old was taken to the hospital, where he told cops he’d been in an apartment at Bella Vista, playing checkers and smoking weed with three guys. “He said an argument started after one of them made defamatory remarks about his mother,” Hartman said.

The man left the building, but was confronted by the three guys at the corner. “He said one of them suggested they fight, when another said, ‘[expletive], I’m stabbing you,’” Hartman said. The three fled after assaulting the man.

“Police have strong leads to work with and expect arrests will be made,” Hartman said.

Person Shot: At 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Officers Shayna Kendall, Jason Jemiola, Michael Lozada, Kyle Malloy, Joseph Staffieri and Sergeant Herbert Johnson responded to reported gunfire on Whalley Avenue.

They found a 31-year-old man who had been shot in the leg. Interviewed later in the hospital, the man said he’d been the victim of a robbery by two men. When he had nothing to give them, one of them shot him.

For block-by-block year-to-date crime info, check the Independent’s Crime Log.

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