After stabbing, Amherst police stress downtown safety

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In the wake of a double-stabbing last Thursday, Amherst police are trying to assure shoppers the historical downtown area is safe.

Chief Joseph Kucirek sent a letter to businesses and customers saying he feels the commercial district is as safe as it has been in the past.

“While the details of this incident are unusual for our downtown area, we feel, based on our investigation to date, that this was not a purely random act of violence,” he wrote.

The Amherst detective bureau continues to investigate the incident but police are not releasing more details at the moment.

Officers are providing extra patrols during busy evening and nighttime hours, Kucirek said.

“As you should always do regardless of this incident, be vigilant, be aware of your surroundings, and report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement,” he wrote.

The first stabbing victim was found by a Pour House patron around 1 a.m. on Nov. 29 in the parking lot between American Eagle Mortgage and the Amherst Cinema.

A trail of blood led inside Vaughnteriors on South Main Street, where a second victim was found.

Both were flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

The men are ages 27 and 28 and both from Lorain. Their names have not been released because it remains unclear whether they may be suspects, said Lt. Dan Makruski.

They are still alive but there is no information on their condition.

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