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Man accused of blocking Schenectady stabbing scene

Man accused of blocking Schenectady stabbing scene

Police arriving to investigate a reported stabbing inside Club XI on Broadway early Sunday morning w

Police arriving to investigate a reported stabbing inside Club XI on Broadway early Sunday morning were met by a man who refused to let them in, authorities said.

The man, identified as Damion R. Sykes, 40, of 6 Eagle St., is accused of physically preventing officers from getting inside shortly before 3:30 a.m. by holding the front door and then blocking the doorway with his body, according to papers filed in court. It was unclear if Sykes has any formal connection to the bar — none is identified in court paperwork.

Inside was Quentin S. Blunt, 33, of Schenectady, who had suffered a stab wound to his back. Despite Sykes’ alleged efforts, police soon got inside and Blunt was taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment. His injury was later termed non-life threatening.

Blunt was one of two people who suffered stab wounds at the 11 N. Broadway club Sunday morning in an incident that police said soon evolved into a large fight involving 100 people. The second man, Jamel W. Carroll, 33, of the Bronx, was stabbed in the leg. The investigation into the stabbings continued Tuesday, police spokesman Lt. Mark McCracken said.

Meanwhile, the club itself is facing scrutiny from the state Liquor Authority, McCracken said. And the city Law Department is checking for any violations, Assistant Corporation Counsel Carl Falotico said.

A liquor authority spokesman could not be reached Tuesday.

The club has been open for only about a month and a half, Falotico said. Before it opened, it underwent a full building inspection and owners received all the necessary certifications and permits, he said.

McCracken said officers have responded there prior to Sunday’s stabbings, though he was unsure Tuesday of how many calls.

“It’s not unknown to us,” he said.

Regarding the fight and stabbings, McCracken said the incident was obviously an unusual one for downtown, but he said the downtown remains safe.

Sykes was charged with obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors.

Four others were also charged in the aftermath.

Facing violation-level disorderly conduct, accused of refusing to leave the area, were: Gregory Williams, 34, of 16 Chestnut St.; Andrzej Kiernozek, 32, of 197 Clement Ave.; Dionne M. Workman, 28, of Schenectady; and Najari K. Sykes, 33, of 6 Eagle St.

Najari Sykes is accused of refusing to leave and of approaching officers conducting an arrest after being told to walk away, according to papers.

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