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Buffalo Police Homicide Detectives Make Arrest from N. Divison Stabbing.

On Wednesday April 12th 22:37 hours, Homicide detectives began an investigation into the stabbing of Justin Johnson at 518 N. Divsion (due to the severe nature of his injuries, Homicide handled the investigation). Homicide developed a suspect, Hillard Smith of Buffalo. He was taken into custody at 01:00 hours on 4/17 in Niagara Falls. Later that same day, Justin Johnson expired from his injuries. The charges against Hillard Smith are being upgraded to murder. Credited with the arrest are Detectives Brenden Kiefer, James Kaska and Patricia Wrest under the supervision of Detective Sergeants Carl Lundin and James Dunham.

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