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City man in custody in March stabbings

A Dunkirk man who was in Pennsylvania is in custody and has been charged in a pair of March stabbings.

Dunkirk city Police Chief David Ortolano announced Friday that following an investigation by the department and the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office, Jose Rivera-Perez, 31, was arrested and taken into custody on a felony warrant charging him with first-degree assault in connection with the incident.

According to reports, the first stabbing described by Chautauqua County dispatch as a male, was located around 7:40 p.m. in the area of Park Avenue and East Sixth Street. The second victim, located about 10 minutes later, was found nearby in the area of Deer Street.

Rivera-Perez waived extradition in Erie County, Pa., and was transported by Dunkirk Police from the Erie County Detention Center to city police headquarters on Thursday. He was arraigned before City Court Judge John Kuzdale.

Rivera-Perez was remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail with bail set at $150,000 cash or $300,000 bond.

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