Drunken Hyde Park man stabs neighbor in leg, police say

A man is facing a felony assault charge after stabbing a neighbor at a home in Hyde Park, police said.

Hyde Park police responded at 9:28 p.m. Thursday to a report of a stabbing at 1088 Violet Ave., a residential complex containing cabins out front and a mobile home park in the rear, Lt. Robert Benson said Wednesday.

Officers arrived and found a 50-year-old man, a resident of one of the cabins, bleeding from his leg. The man told police he had been stabbed in the leg by an intoxicated neighbor, Benson said.


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David L. Winans, 52, of Hyde Park was arrested near the scene and charged with felony second-degree assault, police said.

The men knew each other before the alleged attack but police have not yet been able to establish a motive, Benson said.

"They don't seem to have any beef with each other," he said.

The victim was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in the town of Poughkeepsie. He received 10 stitches to close his wound and was released, Benson said.

Winans was arraigned before Hyde Park town Justice David Steinberg on Thursday and was sent to Dutchess County Jail without bail. He is to return to Hyde Park Town Court on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m.

Winans' attorney, Denis McClure of Kingston, told Newsday on Wednesday he had just been assigned to the case Tuesday and had not yet spoken to his client. He declined further comment.

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