November 27, 2021

Man wanted for stabbing two others

Police are searching for a man they said stabbed two men Thursday night on Main Street in Cortland.

Matthew Sky Hewitt, 27, of 56 1/2 Groton Ave., Cortland is wanted by Cortland City Police after police said he stabbed a 23-year-old man multiple times in the abdomen and 24-year-old man in the leg.

Police said they were flagged down by a pedestrian about 10 p.m. near 99 Main St. to respond to the two victims.

Witnesses told police Hewitt started an argument that turned into a fight with the 23-year-old man on the sidewalk near 99 Main St., the Cortland Works Career Center, and that Hewitt had a butterfly-style knife that he used to stab the man several times in the abdomen.

A 24-year-old Marine working at the Armed Forces Career Center next door heard the commotion, police said, and went outside to intervene. Police said the Marine broke up the fight and Hewitt fled along Main Street.

While aiding the 23-year-old man the Marine realized he had been stabbed in the leg.

Both victims were transported to Guthrie Cortland Regional Medical Center. The Marine received stitches and was released, police said. The 23-year-old man was transported to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, where he was stable this morning.

Lt. Michael Strangeway said an investigator from the police department was on his way to see the victim this morning.
Police said Hewitt also has a warrant for his arrest for failing to properly register as sex offender. The public is asked to contact the Cortland Police Department at 607-758-8311 with any information regarding the whereabouts of Hewitt.