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A man used a butcher knife to slash a 2- to 3-inch cut into the back of another man’s head on the 500 block of Northland Avenue in Buffalo early Saturday morning.

When police responded, the complainant was protecting himself while the defendant was holding the knife in his hand.

Officers found a crack pipe in the suspect’s front pants pocket. The suspect, whose name was not available, was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance.