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Man charged with stabbing victim while riding in his car

Tomaj K. Fields was charged following a stabbing in Syracuse (Syracuse Police)

A man was arrested following a stabbing in a vehicle Tuesday evening on Syracuse's south side.

Tomaj K. Fields, 20, was charged with assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.

According to Syracuse Police, officers responded to the 500 block of Onondaga Avenue around 5:38 p.m. Tuesday in regards to a stabbing call. When they arrived, officers found a 66-year-old male who was suffering from a stab wound to his chest. The victim was transported to Upstate University Hospital for treatment.

Police said he is currently listed in stable condition and his injury doesn't appear to be life-threatening.

Witnesses at the crime scene were able to give officers a description of a man and woman who were seen with the victim, but said they had left before officers arrived, police said.

The woman was located a short distance away. The man, Fields, fled on foot and then jumped into Onondaga Creek in an attempt to get away. He was taken into custody a short time later with the assistance of the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office AIR-1 helicopter, police said.

An investigation found that the victim knows the woman and was giving her a ride in his vehicle. Fields is related to the woman and got into the back seat of the victim's vehicle. On Onondaga Avenue, Fields allegedly attacked the victim and stabbed him in the chest, according to police.

At this time, it is unknown why Fields attacked him.

Fields was later lodged in the Onondaga County Justice Center. The female was not charged, and was sent to Community Hospital for an unrelated medical issue.

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