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2017-03-30 / Local News

Police arrest man accused of wielding knife, menacing

Mitchell Mitchell A West Seneca man has been charged with menacing a police officer following an incident on March 17.

According to a police report, patrols responded to a Harlem Road address for a report of an intoxicated man who was knocking on a door and threatening the occupants of the apartment.

As the officers arrived in the parking lot of the apartment, the occupant reportedly yelled out the window to police that the man had a knife and was running down the stairs to his own apartment.

Police said officers entered the building and heard a door shut in the downstairs hallway. As officers approached the man’s door, the report said they knocked and announced that they were the police. The man inside did not say anything but could be heard moving inside the apartment.

Police said that when he opened the door the man had a large butcher’s knife in his left hand and was presenting it in an aggressive fighting stance.

Officers reportedly held the man at gunpoint while ordering him to drop the knife. Police said he initially refused, and officers continued giving him verbal commands to drop the knife. One officer then drew his Taser and pointed it at the subject, who reportedly put the knife down after a short standoff and was handcuffed by officers.

Dwight E. Mitchell was taken to police headquarters, where he was booked and processed, and was arraigned by Judge Shannon Filbert.

Mitchell was held in lieu of $50,000 bail. He was transported to the Erie County Holding Center and is due back in court at a later date.

Police said Mitchell was additionally charged with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.

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