Police: City man arrested for brandishing knives in front of children

The City of Cortland Police Department (Photo: Provided)

A city man was arrested Monday for threatening a 48-year-old man with knives in front of his two young daughters in the parking lot of a Rickard Street apartment complex, according to the Cortland Police Department.

Cheron Edwards, 44, of 188 Main St. Apt. 5, began to argue with the 48-year-old man around 5:15 p.m. Sunday in the 44 Rickard St. parking lot, said Lt. Michael Strangeway.

During the dispute Edwards brandished a knife in each hand and threatened to stab the man, Strangeway said. “The 48-year-old man’s nine and one-year-old daughters were with him at the time he was being threatened,” he said.

Officers responded immediately, but an initial investigation produced questions regarding who was the first person to escalate the argument, Strangeway said. Police continued to investigate on Monday, interviewing additional witnesses, and Edwards was arrested at 1:20 p.m. at the City Police Station, he said.

Edwards was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon with a previous conviction of a crime, a felony, as well as second-degree menacing and endangering the welfare of a child, misdemeanors.

The violent felony charge carries a potential prison term of two to seven years in prison if convicted.

It was unclear this afternoon what Edwards’ previous conviction was for.