Update: Police identify suspect, victim in fatal Cortland stabbing

Caution tape blocked off a portion of Main Street, where police say a man was fatally stabbed early Wednesday morning (Peter Blanchard/Cortland Voice)

CORTLAND, N.Y. — Authorities have identified the victim and the suspected perpetrator in a fatal assault that took place on Main Street in the early morning hours Wednesday.

According to police, an altercation took place between Grant and Pilcher near the suspect’s apartment. The victim received a stab wound with a knife.

The victim has been identified as 28-year-old Damian S. Grant, of 10 Woodruff Street, Cortland.

Investigators placed markers on a bench in an alleyway near the intersection of Main Street and Groton Avenue.

Grant’s body has been transported to Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, where an autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death, according to Lt. Richard Troyer with the City of Cortland Police Department.

Police have identified the suspect as Andrew J. Pilcher, 32, of 6 Main Street, Cortland.

Pilcher has been charged with first-degree manslaughter, a class B felony; criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor; and tampering with physical evidence, a class E felony.

The investigation is continuing to determine the cause of the altercation. Police believe the victim and defendant were unknown to each other when the altercation took place.

Pilcher was awaiting arraignment on the charges Wednesday morning.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the victim’s age as 32 years old. This information was published based on information provided by the Cortland Police Department.

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