CORTLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Police arrested a 15-year-old boy following the stabbing of two girls in Cortland Thursday night.
It happened on Terre Hill Drive — in what neighbors called a safe and quiet neighborhood.
“Things that happened last night don’t ever happen around here. I don’t know what happened,” one neighbor said.
Police say two 15-year-old girls were stabbed with a fixed blade knife multiple times just before 8 p.m.
Caller: “I don’t know what went on. They told me they were going outside to talk to a friend and then I’m watching TV. Last thing I know, they’re running in the house, falling down, and they’re bleeding and I saw some kid running up the street.”
Thanks to the Cortland Police Department’s take-home cruiser program, an off-duty officer was able to quickly respond.
“Within 20 minutes of the actual call, he was at the suspect’s house and had the suspect contained,” said Cortland Police Chief David Morris.
The 15-year-old boy was taken into custody at his home on Diamond Way.
On Friday, he appeared in court for a detention hearing.
Prosecutor Stanley Elkins called the teenager a danger to society, citing the girls’ injuries and the fact a weapon was used.
Based on the recommendation of the prosecutor and probation department, along with the seriousness of the charges, Judge Samuel Bluedorn found the teenager should be held in the juvenile detention center.
“It’s just a vicious crime,” Chief Morris said.
The teenage boy is scheduled to be back in court for a plea hearing Wednesday afternoon.
Both of the victims have since been released from the hospital.