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Victim doesn’t survive second knife attack


A man who survived a stabbing last year was not so fortunate Sunday night.

In a news release, Watertown police said Henry J. Perkins Jr., 34, was killed in the incident at his apartment at 117 J.B. Wise Place, Apt. 202. No information was released about who was responsible for the stabbing.

Last September, Mr. Perkins was stabbed in the right side of his back with a kitchen knife during an argument.

Briana L. Simpson, 31, of 619 Bronson St., subsequently was charged by city police with second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon in that incident. She pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of second-degree assault and was sentenced to three years’ probation and 75 hours of community service and was fined $250.

Mr. Perkins recovered from his injuries in that incident.

On Monday morning, Detective Sgt. Joseph R. Donoghue said Mr. Perkins lived in the apartment above Rent-A-Zone with at least one other person.

He declined to say if police have any suspects, how many times the man was stabbed, what type of injuries the man suffered or whether the knife was recovered.

“That’s evidentiary,” Mr. Donoghue said, adding that police planned to issue a media release later today. “We’re looking at leads.”

He was not calling the incident a homicide Monday morning, saying that he could not provide details about what happened.

Jefferson County 911 dispatchers got a call at 6:46 p.m. Sunday about the stabbing. Later that night, police took bags of evidence from the scene, Mr. Donoghue said.

Representatives from the Jefferson County district attorney’s office also were at the scene. Police also are working with the Jefferson County medical examiner’s office on the case.

Monday morning, the apartment building was quiet, except for a clothes dryer running in a common area of the building. The bottom of a back door looked like it had been kicked out, and its glass was shattered.

Glen McConnell, who lives on the fourth floor, said he got home after the stabbing and saw yellow police tape at the back of the building. No one was allowed inside.

“Whatever was done, was done before I got back,” he said.

Mr. McConnell, who described himself as “the unofficial maintenance man,” said the tenants in Apt. 202 moved in just a couple of weeks ago. He said that he barely knew the tenants and that he saw the female tenant being taken away by police but did not know why.

“There’s lots of rumors,” he said.

Another neighbor, who answered the door at a third-floor apartment but declined to identify himself, said he was unaware of the stabbing until he saw it on the news Monday morning. He said he did not know the man who died.

“We live on the Public Square side. That was on the second floor. We don’t know anything about the second floor. We didn’t go down there,” the neighbor said, declining to comment further.

It was a busy night for city police, who also are investigating a drive-by shooting that happened about five hours later on Ohio Street.

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