Man arrested for stabbing victim to death in the city of Cortland

An outside view of 19 Maple Ave in Cortland, where the incident took place on Tuesday November 2, 2021.


A man was charged and arrested late Tuesday evening after stabbing a male victim to death in the city of Cortland, according to a release from city police late this afternoon.

On Tuesday at about 11:10 p.m., city police officers responded to Guthrie Cortland Medical Center for a report of David O. Sears-Lopez, 28, of 18 Evergreen Street in Cortland, who suffered a stab wound to the chest.

City police received calls earlier in the night related to the incident, one of them being a witness who saw Sears-Lopez being stabbed by another man in the roadway in front of 19 Maple Ave. in Cortland, the release states.

The release states that based on interviews and a quick investigation of the situation, it was determined that Harold John Young, 56, of 1222 Packer St. in McKeesport, Pa., was responsible for stabbing Sears-Lopez.

The release states that Sears-Lopez, who was reportedly dating one of Young’s daughters, engaged in an argument with Young that “turned physical” before the stabbing.

Sears-Lopez was airlifted to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse from Guthrie for further emergency treatment. Following unsuccessful surgery, Sears-Lopez died from the stab wound.

Young has been charged with murder in the second degree (an A-I Felony) and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree (also a felony).

According to records confirmed by city police, Young has an active warrant on him that dates back to Oct. 4, 2018. Young’s warrant is related to a criminal possessing the precursors to methamphetamine.

Young was recently arraigned and remanded to Cortland County Jail without bail. He is scheduled to appear in city court this Monday at 9 a.m.

City detective lieutenant Mike Strangeway is requesting any pertinent information to the investigation. Those with information can contact Strangeway at either 607-758-8307 or [email protected]