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Suspect charged with assault in Chris Copeland stabbing

Shezoy Bleary, a suspect in the stabbing of

Shezoy Bleary, a suspect in the stabbing of Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland, his girlfriend and another woman early Wednesday, is lead from the NYPD's 10th Precinct in New York, Wednesday, April. 8, 2015. Credit: AP / Craig Ruttle

INDIANAPOLIS - A 22-year-old man has been charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the stabbing of Indianapolis Pacers player Chris Copeland outside a New York City nightclub.

Shevoy Bleary was arraigned Thursday in Manhattan criminal court. His lawyer had no immediate comment on the charges.

Authorities say Bleary was outside the 1Oak Club early Wednesday when he overheard Copeland and a girlfriend arguing and got involved. They say he stabbed Copeland in the stomach and the woman in the breast and backside. A woman with Bleary also was slashed.

Prosecutors say Bleary had a switchblade and gave it to the police officers who responded to the violence.

The Pacers say Copeland is in stable condition following surgery on his abdomen and elbow.

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