Man charged in screwdriver stabbing says he’s the victim in this case

Man charged in stabbing is South End Grocery owner

Man charged in stabbing is South End Grocery owner

The Albany man accused of stabbing a person with a screwdriver tells NewsChannel 13 he is the victim in this case.

Travon T. Jackson, 30, allegedly entered a residence at 72 Bassett St. on Christmas Day at about 10:30 a.m. and stabbed the person in the back of the head and ear with a screwdriver. The victim had minor cuts, pain and difficulty hearing out of his ear, according to court documents.

Jackson was attempting to steal the victim’s PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, HP laptop, Chromebook and a table, investigators said.  

Jackson has been charged with burglary, criminal possession of a weapon and petit larceny. He sent a text to NewsChannel 13’s Taniqua Pennix’ s in response to a request for comment. “Contrary to what you have heard, I am the actual victim in this case,” he wrote.

Jackson also provided the name of his attorney. NewsChannel 13 is reaching out for further comment.

Jackson’s address on the court paperwork is listed as 106 South Pearl St., which is the same as the South End Grocery Store. The store has been closed since July after a fire extinguisher. accidentally went off in a prep area, Jackson told NewsChannel 13 at the time.

The store was supposed to reopen in August, but that did not happen.  It was reported that the South End Grocery Store had defaulted on loans to three different lenders.

The store, which once housed a McDonald’s, opened to great fanfare last December. It is located in a part of Albany that is considered a “food desert.”

Jackson pleaded not guilty at his arraignment and released under the supervision of probation, according to the Times Union, which was the first to report the details of Jackson’s arrest and connection to the grocery store.