CPD: Woman threw knife at man, injures his hand

A city woman was charged with assault Monday evening after she threw a large kitchen knife at a 35-year-old man, severely injuring him in the hand, according to the Cortland Police Department.

Police arrested Aishia F. Way, 24, of 179 Homer Ave. after they were called to a dispute around 6 p.m. on Homer Avenue, according to the department.

Once there, officers discovered blood throughout the home and the 35-year-old suffering from a large, deep wound sliced across his palm, said Lt. Michael Strangeway.

The man told officers Way threw the knife at him and the knife sliced his hand as he tried to bat it away, Strangeway said.

“TLC ambulance personnel quickly recognized the severity of the cut and transported the man directly to Upstate hospital in Syracuse,” Strangeway said, referring to Upstate University Hospital.

While the man was treated and released from the hospital, the cut to his hand was so grievous he will be seen by an orthopedic surgeon, Strangeway said.

“It’s going to require surgery,” he said.

Way told police the wound was accidental.

The pair were arguing after she asked the man to turn down the television volume, Way told investigators. Way said she was preparing dinner when the man walked up behind her and she turned to face him with the knife in her hand, accidentally slicing the man.

But the 35-year-old’s deep wound does not fit with Way’s story, said Strangeway. There was also no food laid out in the kitchen waiting to be prepared, he noted.

“The severity of the injury was not consistent with an accident while turning around with a knife,” Strangeway said, “and there was no evidence of a meal being prepared at the time of the incident.”

Way was charged with second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, felonies. She was arraigned and released to appear at 10:15 a.m. Friday in City Court.