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Massena man jailed following early Sunday morning stabbing outside The Rusty Wheel

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MASSENA - A Massena man was jailed Sunday after he stabbed another man with a switch blade knife and screw driver several times in the left arm and once in the back.

Village police charged David A. Lawrence III, 23, of 14 Clark St., Massena, with second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon at 3:44 a.m. Sunday on Willow Street.

Lawrence allegedly stabbed Eugene E. Lamb, 45, of 303A Gates St., Palmer, Mass., on Willow Street. Mr. Lamb was transported to Massena Memorial Hospital by Massena Rescue for treatment of his injuries and was released.

Lawrence was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. The court also signed an order of protection directing Lawrence to have no contact with Mr., Lamb.

The Massachusetts man, in his statement to police, said he got into an argument with a man that approached him at about 2 a.m. Sunday on the porch at The Rusty Wheel. “It wasn’t much of an argument. He walked away. This male had another male watching behind him,” he recalled.

Mr. Lamb said he was sitting on the steps outside the bar about an hour later waiting for a ride. “I couldn’t get ahold of anyone. I saw a guy standing in the lawn across the road from where I was sitting,” he said, noting he yelled over at the man and asked if he could call for a cab for him.

He said the man, later identified as Lawrence, replied he remembered him from incident inside the bar and quickly walked across the street toward him.

“He had a screwdriver in his left hand and a knife in his right hand. He was swearing and yelling at me. He started trying to stab me. He swung and swung over again. I was running backwards down Willow Street towards (the) Parker Avenue Bridge,” he said, noting he called 911 to report the incident as it was occurring.

“I kept telling him to stop and that I was calling the police. When he was swinging, I dropped the phone. He stabbed me several times in the left arm and once in the back,” Mr. Lamb added in his statement to police.

The Massachusetts man said Lawrence had been standing behind the man he had briefly argued with inside the bar. He told police he feared for his life during the attack. “The guy continued to say, ‘I’m going to ... you up. He was relentless. I ... thought he was trying to kill me,” Mr. Lamb said.

Lawrence, in his statement to police, said the confrontation inside the bar took place because Mr. Lamb had been bothering one of his female friends, slapping her buttocks and threatening other females in the bar. He said two men had exchanged words, and Mr. Lamb had apologized for his actions.

He said he later left the bar and went to the Southside Diner before returning to The Rusty Wheel to get his bike. “The guy was there and yelled for me to get him a cab. The guy then started mouthing off to me, calling me a punk. He told he was from the Bronx, and he was going to have his boys come kill me. The guy then got up and came at me, then walked away running his mouth about people killing me,” Lawrence said in his statement to police.

The Massena man said he was angered by Mr. Lamb’s threats. “I chased him down the street and had a screwdriver in my hand and was waving it at him trying to get him to stop threatening me. I realized he had called the police so I ditched the screwdriver,” he said, noting that confrontation had taken placed across the street from the building that had housed the probation department, an off track betting parlor and Jack’s Hideaway over the years.

“The guy was swinging his hand at me. I don’t remember having a knife or seeing him with a knife,” Lawrence added.

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