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Police: Man high on bath salts held knife to boy’s throat

A Syracuse man is facing multiple charges after police say he grabbed a 5-year-old boy and put a knife to the child’s throat while high on bath salts Tuesday afternoon.
Jesse Claflin (Photo via Syracuse Police)
Jesse Claflin (Photo via Syracuse Police)
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – A Syracuse man is facing multiple charges after police say he grabbed a 5-year-old boy and put a knife to the child’s throat while high on bath salts Tuesday afternoon.

Jesse Claflin, 31, of Hartson St. told police he ingested the synthetic drug known as “bath salts” before allegedly walking up to the porch of a home on Seymour St. and grabbing the boy, around 4:40 p.m.

Police say the boy’s 29-year-old uncle, who was watching the child, punched Claflin in the face. The child was not injured.

Police say Claflin then ran away and was spotted by officers in the next block down on Seymour St., where he ran into a backyard.

When cornered by officers, police say Claflin took out a knife and placed it to his throat, making repeated threats to kill himself.

Syracuse Police officers negotiated with Claflin for more than an hour before he surrendered.

He was taken to Upstate University Hospital for evaluation and then sent to the Onondaga County Justice Center.

Claflin was charged with unlawful imprisonment, menacing, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree. He was scheduled to be arraigned in Syracuse City Court Wednesday morning.

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