October 25, 2021

Police arrest man in stabbing

Police have arrested a man they said stabbed two people Thursday night on Main Street in Cortland.

Police said they found Matthew Sky Hewitt, 27, of 56 1/2 Groton Ave., Cortland a little after 11 a.m. today at a vacant house on Medes Place, Cortland, after receiving a tip. Hewitt was taken into custody without incident, police said.

Hewitt is charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, felonies.

Police said they were flagged down by a pedestrian about 10 p.m. Thursday 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.

Hewitt is being held at Cortland City Police Department, awaiting arraignment this afternoon.