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Police: Hours long standoff in CNY ends after man stabs woman seriously injuring her

Police arrested a Central New York man after he stabbed a woman during a domestic dispute, then locked himself away to avoid authorities.

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Utica police reported on Friday that a man, Bandr Alfalahi, 27, stabbed a woman during a domestic dispute before locking himself in a home to avoid the police. The incident took place in the 1600 block of Brinckerhoff Avenue, according to Utica police spokesman Sgt. Michael Curley. The altercation took place around 9:05 a.m. The woman was immediately taken to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for a stab wound and other injuries after the police arrived on the scene. The police secured a shotgun that was reported to have been used in the dispute.

Alfalahi escaped police by running south on Brinckerhoff Avenue and entering a home where he locked himself in with two small children. After three hours of negotiation, Alfalahi’s family arrived to help. It took another hour before Alfalahi left the home with the children, and police arrested him without issue.


Alfalahi was charged with second-degree assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Utica police stated that Alfalahi and the victim had “domestic-related issues that worsened over the last several days.” The woman’s injuries are considered non-life-threatening.