Liverpool man arrested for stealing bag of pot, threatening man with knife

A Liverpool man was arrested on Saturday after Syracuse police say he stole a bag of marijuana and then threatened someone with a knife.

Prinell Paul, 24, of 151 Old Liverpool Road, was charged with two felonies: first-degree robbery and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

When he was being booked in the Onondaga County Justice Center, police said they found marijuana in Paul's underwear. He was then charged with the misdemeanor second-degree promoting prison contraband and the violation of unlawful possession of marijuana.

Syracuse police Sgt. Gary Bulinski gave the following account of the arrest:

Officers Demetris Christou and James Laug were driving on the 1000 block of Butternut Street at about 2:20 p.m. when a man flagged them down. The man said someone had just tried to cut him with a knife, and pointed to a person who was running away.

When Paul was arrested, police said they found a knife on him.

An investigation showed the victim was standing on Butternut Street with a bag of marijuana in his hand when Paul approached him. Paul grabbed the bag, police said, and threatened the victim with a knife before running away.

Paul is being held on $100,000 cash or bond and is expected back in court on Thursday, according to jail records.