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Binghamton man charged with attempted murder in brutal stabbing of homeless man

6:05 P.M. UPDATE:

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A Binghamton man is charged with attempted murder in the early morning stabbing of a homeless man.

Binghamton police arrested 23-year-old Saquawon Linton in Syracuse, detectives announced on Monday evening.

Linton is the only suspect in the stabbing of a homeless man who was sleeping on a bench at the Greater Binghamton Transportation Center in downtown Binghamton, detectives say.

According to officials, Linton was located in Syracuse after pursuing leads. He was then found and taken into custody before being transported back to Binghamton. Police list the man as being a resident of an apartment on Moeller Street.

Linton is charged with second-degree attempted murder, a class B felony. Linton is being held at Binghamton Police Headquarters for arraignment in Binghamton City Court.

Detectives say the stabbing is believed to have been a random act and there is no known connection between Linton and the victim. A motive has not been identified.

The victim remains in critical, but stable condition.


BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A homeless person was stabbed while sleeping on a bench by a masked man near the Greater Binghamton Transportation Center early Monday morning, according to detectives.

According to Binghamton police detectives, the homeless man was stabbed around 1:48 a.m.

The 59-year-old victim told police that he was sleeping on a bench near the bus terminal when the suspect, who was reportedly wearing a Halloween mask and hooded sweatshirt, stabbed him multiple times while also telling him to die. The victim told police the attack was unprovoked.

The suspect ran away after the attack, leaving the victim with “serious and life-threatening” stab wounds to the head, neck, and face, along with a partially severed finger and blood loss, detectives say.

Following the attack, officials say the victim got the attention of a patrol officer on Court Street, and that officers found a trail of blood running from the terminal at 81 Chenango Street to Court Street.

The victim is in critical condition at an area hospital.

The stabbing is under investigation by the Binghamton Police Detective Division. No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at (607) 772-7080.

1:45 P.M. UPDATE:

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton police say a person is in serious condition after they were stabbed early Monday morning at the bus terminal in downtown Binghamton.

Binghamton Police Detective Captain John Ryan tells 12 News the victim was stabbed around 1:45 a.m. at the Greater Binghamton Transportation Center.

Cpt. Ryan says detectives are looking for a male suspect who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt. No further description was available.

Detectives say the victim walked over to Court Street, where they received medical attention. Cpt. Ryan adds the victim is in Wilson Hospital being treated for serious injuries.



BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Emergency crews responded to an overnight stabbing at the Greater Binghamton Transportation Center.

According to the Binghamton Police Department, one person was taken to the hospital after they were stabbed at the bus station on Chenango Street around 1:30 a.m. Monday.

The extent of their injuries is not known.

Investigators say the suspect has not been taken into custody.

Anyone with information should call Binghamton detectives at (607) 772-7080.

Nicky Hickling

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