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Police: Man stabbed in argument over girlfriend

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    Contributed photoEl-Shamar Thornton
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    Police search for evidence after an unidentified man was allegedly stabbed on Columbia Street in Hudson late Thursday. Mary Dempsey/Columbia-Greene Media
August 16, 2019 05:08 pm

HUDSON — Police are seeking the public’s help in finding a man accused of stabbing another man on Front Street in the city on Thursday.

Police are looking for El-Shamar Thornton, 26, of Hudson, after he allegedly stabbed an unidentified 19-year-old in the abdomen, according to a statement issued by the Hudson Police Department.

Hudson police found the alleged victim on the sidewalk on Front Street near Schuyler Court Apartments after receiving a 911 call at 9:14 p.m.

Thornton has family in Hudson area and possible ties to Stottville, Hudson police Lt. David Miller said Friday.

The wounded man was taken to Columbia County Airport by Greenport Rescue Squad. He was then airlifted to Albany Medical Center for treatment.

The man, whose identity has not been released by police, was in stable condition Friday, police said.

Thornton allegedly fled on foot before police arrived on the scene. Witnesses in the area at the time of the alleged stabbing told police that the argument began over a girlfriend.

Thornton is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall and 155 pounds, black with brown hair.

Thornton is wanted on several arrest and bench warrants, including criminal obstruction of breathing, criminal mischief and failure to appear in court to answer a charge of resisting arrest, police said.

Most recently, Thornton was being sought in February by state police Livingston for failure to appear in court to answer a charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony.

Troopers stopped a Ford Taurus traveling on Route 9H in Kinderhook after the officer observed the vehicle swerve off the road. As the vehicle was being stopped, the trooper witnessed the occupants throw a bag from the passenger-side window onto the shoulder of the road. Thornton allegedly threw a bag containing heroin, cocaine and crack from the vehicle prior to coming to a complete stop, police said. Thornton, who was driving, also was issued tickets for unlicensed operation and for failing to maintain his lane of travel, police said.

Columbia County Court issued a bench warrant for Thornton after he failed to appear to answer to the charges.

Police are asking anyone who spots Thornton to contact police immediately at 518-828-3388. The investigation into the stabbing is continuing, police said. Anyone with further information is asked to contact the Hudson City Police Department.

The state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Livingston, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and Greenport Police Department assisted Hudson police with the investigation.

To reach reporter Amanda Purcell, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2500, or send an email to, or tweet to @amandajpurcell.