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Albany police respond to aggravated assault reports

Two hospitalized with stab, bullet wounds

ALBANY — There were two incidents initially described as aggravated assaults that the Albany Police Department responded to over the weekend, one of which was later reduced.

Officers were dispatched to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, at 417 W. Third Ave., in reference to an alleged stabbing that had taken place at around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday. Contact was made with Kennon Watson, 36, in the trauma room, who stated that — while in the parking lot of Club Legend at 725 E. Broad Ave. — he was sitting in his 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe when he was approached by an unknown man, said Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman from the APD.

He stated that the man then asked him for a ride and he told him that he could not give him one. Watson said he and the man exchanged words and when he exited his vehicle to talk to the him, he was attacked. Watson sustained wounds to the left corner of his eye, the upper left and right side of his thighs, his left rib cage and his stomach, Banks said.

Banks said Watson drove himself to the hospital, and did not provide a suspect description to the reporting officer. He had been discharged from Phoebe by Monday morning, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Officers with the APD also responded to what was initially labeled an aggravated assault at 333 Independence Drive at around midnight on Sunday. In that case, Bruce Stinson, 30, said that he had a handgun in his pants pocket, and that when he sat down on the front porch the firearm fell out of his pocket and discharged. The bullet reportedly struck Stinson in the back, traveled and then exited out of his bottom left side.

No other injuries were reported, Banks said.

Detectives later determined the aggravated assault charge was unfounded after all the witnesses they spoke with confirmed Stinson’s story, Banks said. A hospital spokeswoman said he had been discharged from Phoebe by Monday morning.