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Unable to make change for $20, man stabbed in hand

Niagara Regional Police say incident took place Saturday in a parking lot in St. Catharines
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A man stabbed was in the hand in a St. Catharines parking lot after telling his attacker he did not have change for a $20 bill, police say.

Police said the suspect and victim were known acquaintances.

The incident took place Saturday in a parking lot on Gale Crescent near Riordon Street.

At 9:51 p.m., Niagara Regional Police responded to the scene and found a 40-year-old male suffering from a non-life threatening stab wound.

Niagara EMS assessed the victim and he was transported to hospital. He was later released and continues to recover from his injuries at home, police said in a news release.

Investigation determined the suspect approached the victim who was sitting in his car and asked if he could change a $20 bill. 

When the victim advised he could not, the suspect drew a knife and stabbed the victim in the left hand. 

The victim was able to leave the scene in his vehicle and call 911. 

Responding officers located the suspect a short distance away and placed him under arrest. 

Kelvin Justin Bascus, 38, was charged with assault with a weapon.

Bascus was held for a bail hearing that took place on May 28 via video link to the John Sopinka Courthouse in Hamilton. 

He has since been remanded into the custody of Ontario Correctional Services.

None of the allegations have been tested in court and the accused is considered innocent unless proven guilty.