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Ex-con jailed on 7 counts following alleged knife threat in Watertown


A Watertown man with at least four criminal convictions and two terms in New York prisons was arrested Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly threatened two women with a knife, cutting one of them.

Michael L. Merrifield, 41, no address, faces two counts each of felony weapon possession and second-degree menacing, and single counts of second-degree burglary, attempted second-degree assault and petit larceny. He was detained in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building to await arraignment Wednesday in City Court.

City police allege that shortly before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mr. Merrifield entered the apartment of April L. Secor, 636 Bronson St., ignored her orders to leave and swung a knife in a threatening manner toward her and a visitor, Crystal L. Seymour, Watertown. Ms. Seymour suffered a minor finger cut, police said.

The weapon charge is a felony because of Mr. Merrifield’s string of convictions.

According to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website, Mr. Merrifield was sentenced in Broome County in August 1990 to a prison term for second-degree robbery, and was released on parole in March 1993. He was convicted again of second-degree robbery in February 1994 in Jefferson County Court, and was sentenced as a second- felony offender to up to eight years. With four different parole releases, he was in and out of prison until concluding his maximum term in October 2007. In the meantime, during one of his parole periods, he was convicted of third-degree assault in 2002 in Jefferson County Court.

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