Police: Man critically injured after beating, stabbing on Main Street

A 55-year-old man is in critical condition this morning after he was beaten and stabbed about 6 p.m. Tuesday on Main Street, according to city police.

Brian S. Sanders, 26, of 6594 Rt. 281, Preble, was arrested at the scene for the attack, said Lt. Michael Strangeway. The two were acquainted, Strangeway said.

Sanders attacked the man and knocked him unconscious, Strangeway said. While the 55-year-old was lying on the ground, Sanders stomped on the man’s head and face causing numerous facial and head fractures, he said.

Walking across the street after the beating, Sanders went to a public garbage can and rifled through it until he found an aluminium soda can, Strangeway said. Sanders bent the metal can back and forth until it formed a sharp edge -- an edge he used as a knife when he returned to the man and started stabbing and sawing at his neck, Strangeway said.

The 55-year-old was taken to SUNY Upstate Medical University and is in critical condition in the surgical intensive care unit, Strangeway said this morning. The man’s most significant injuries are from stomping on his skull and he is suffering from bleeding on the brain, Strangeway said.

Sanders is set to be charged this morning and will later be arraigned in City Court, Strangeway said.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.