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Jovante Hall charged in Yonkers 'street fight'; 2 stabbed

A Yonkers police cruiser outside a school. (Dec.

A Yonkers police cruiser outside a school. (Dec. 17, 2012) Photo Credit: Rory Glaeseman

Two men were hospitalized after a double stabbing Monday night in Yonkers, and one of them was arrested on an assault charge as a result of a fight, city police said.

Jovante Hall, 21, of Lawrence Street in Yonkers, was charged with first-degree assault, a felony, after the 9:30 p.m. incident outside his home, near the intersection with Bruce Avenue, Police Det. Lt. Patrick McCormack said Tuesday.

"It was a verbal dispute that escalated," McCormack said. "Basically, it was a street fight."

Hall stabbed the 27-year-old victim, a Yonkers resident, numerous times during the fight, including one "serious" stab wound to the neck, McCormack said. Hall was also stabbed in the fight, but his injuries were not serious, McCormack said.

The men were later admitted to Saint Joseph's Medical Center in Yonkers. The 27-year-old had to be transferred to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, News12 reported. He remained hospitalized Tuesday but is expected to recover from his wounds, according to McCormack.

Hall was treated at Saint Joseph's and released to police. He was in the city lockup at midday Tuesday awaiting arraignment in Yonkers City Court, McCormack said.

Police interviewed numerous witnesses at the scene and were trying Tuesday to determine if more people were involved in the fight and whether the two men knew each other, McCormack said.

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible, McCormack said.

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