UPDATE: Police have released the names of those who were arrested in connection with Saturday night’s stabbing.
22-year-old John Dingwall of Bowmansville, 21-year-old Tylor Kolin of Alden, and 19-year-old Michael Monti of Buffalo have been charged with assault.
ORIGINAL: Buffalo Police are reporting a man was stabbed Saturday night at the South Buffalo Irish Festival.
The altercation took place around 7:30 p.m. at Cazenovia Park. Police say the man was taken to ECMC and treated for non life threatening injuries.
Three men were taken into custody in connection with the stabbing and charged with assault. A weapon was recovered at the scene.
The incident is currently under investigation.
Police say additional patrols were in place for the festival and an arrest was made quickly following the incident.
Councilmember Chris Scanlon released a statement Monday regarding the stabbing:
I was outraged and saddened when I learned that a stabbing occurred in Cazenovia Park on Saturday, September 7th. This senseless crime occurred while the South Buffalo Irish Festival was taking place, but it did not happen inside the festival, where organizers ensured there was adequate security.
Cazenovia Park is one of the jewels of the Olmsted Parks system and considered by many to be the center of South Buffalo. Since taking office in 2012, I have worked with Mayor Brown and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy to secure nearly $4 million in improvements and updates to the park. The park is utilized by hundreds of youth each week for soccer, basketball, baseball, Gaelic football, and cross country and serves as a favorite spot for countless walkers, joggers, and cyclists. Every Sunday, my office runs the South Buffalo Farmers Market which sees hundreds of weekly patrons who come to shop and visit with neighbors.
Despite all of the positive activities taking place in the park, we are constantly battling graffiti, extreme vandalism, and other criminal activity. I have repeatedly discussed with Commissioner Lockwood, and his predecessor, the need for additional police manpower in Cazenovia Park to combat and prevent this criminal activity, but that request has not been met. I cannot help but wonder if the attackers would have even been there if the park had a more consistent and visible police presence in the past. We had an amazing weekend in this beautiful park, highlighted by the Olmsted Parks Gala on Friday night, the South Buffalo Irish Festival on Saturday, and the South Buffalo Farmers Market on Sunday but unfortunately, the only vision the public is taking away is that Cazenovia Park is unsafe.
I will continue to press Commissioner Lockwood for a police detail in Cazenovia Park so that we can stop reacting to the damage caused or in this case, violence that ensued, and instead proactively prevent crime and maintain a beautiful, safe park for the community to utilize and enjoy. My prayers are with the victim of the stabbing and I will not rest until I am assured that measures are in place to prevent this from ever happening again.”Councilmember Chris Scanlon
Organizers of the South Buffalo Irish Festival also commented on Saturday night’s incident:
For 19 years, South Buffalo has come together as a community to celebrate our neighborhood and heritage at the South Buffalo Irish Festival held in Cazenovia Park. It is with great sadness that we at Can You Dig It, Inc., organizers of the South Buffalo Irish Festival, need to address the terrible, senseless act of violence that occurred in the Park on Saturday, September 7th. A patron of our event was walking home when he was randomly attacked in the park outside of festival grounds. We are happy to report that the victim is expected to make a full recovery from this incident.
The news of this attack shocked and saddened us. While this attack did not occur on festival grounds, we want to take this opportunity to let the community know that we take measures each year to ensure that our event is family friendly and safe for all who attend from near and far. We make security and safety a top priority. Private security is on hand from Friday night to Sunday morning, and Buffalo Fire, Police, and AMR are all on site throughout the day of the event.
With that said, we have every intention of making our 20th year, and years to come, even safer for our guests. We will continue to partner with Council-member Scanlon, the Buffalo Police Department, and the City of Buffalo to ensure the safety of all our guests.
As a community, we cannot allow one senseless act deter us from the agenda of Can You Dig It, Inc, whose ultimate goal is to celebrate our community, and to raise funds for many neighborhood causes. We hope that all of you will stand with us and grow together while we get through this incredibly tough time.Can You Dig It, Inc.