SPD officer makes quick arrest after knife attack in downtown Savannah

SPD officer makes quick arrest after knife attack in downtown Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - One person is recovering after being attacked with a knife in downtown Savannah early Saturday morning.

Savannah Police say an officer was in the 100 block of Congress Street around 2 a.m. for an unrelated call when the officer witnessed a man with a knife on top of another man cutting him outside the bars in that area.

The suspect, identified as 40-year-old Jacques Didlaire, of Opa Locka, Fla., was disarmed and taken into custody. He was booked into the Chatham County jail on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated battery, use of a knife during the commission of a crime, and terroristic threats.

Jacques Didlaire
Jacques Didlaire (Source: Savannah Police Department)

The victim, a 41-year-old from Statesboro, was transported to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

“The officer’s actions were brave and heroic,” stated Chief Roy Minter. “The officer jumped into action and arrested the subject, but he also ultimately saved the victim’s life.”

SPD officials say an investigation revealed the incident between the two men started inside a business on Congress Street and continued outdoors, where it resulted in an aggravated assault. They say Didlaire was charged with terroristic threats for threats of violence against police officers.

The incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with additional information on this incident or any other violent crime incident should call SPD’s Violent Crimes Tip Line at (912) 525-3124 or Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020. Tipsters remain anonymous.

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