Female Stabbed In Poland; Suspect In Custody

POLAND – A Salamanca man is in custody after police say he stabbed a woman and fled into the woods Wednesday in the town of Poland.

Charges are expected against Melvyn L. Jackson, 52, of Division Street. State Police at Jamestown were alerted at 12:11 p.m. for a domestic dispute involving Jackson and an ex-girlfriend at 3988 Waterboro Hill Road.

Police learned the woman, whose name was not released, had been stabbed multiple times in her left hand with a folding buck knife in the dispute. Jackson allegedly also punched a male in the face, said Sgt. Gary Segrue, station commander.

After the incident, police said Jackson fled into the surrounding woods, prompting a widescale search by State Police and a K-9 unit from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.

Jackson was later taken into custody after being located by sheriff’s deputies around 2 p.m., Segrue said. The Salamanca resident was arraigned by Marilyn Gerace, Ellicott justice, and committed to Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash/$50,000 property bail.

“It was good work by the K-9 unit,” Segrue said. “Everyone did a great job coming together and finding him.”

The woman was transported to WCA Hospital by the Kennedy Volunteer Fire Department for non-life-threatening injuries. The male subject refused medical treatment.

Segrue said the investigation is ongoing. The Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office is being consulted, he said.