Stabbed man flees alleged robbers on bike before seeking aid
After being beaten and stabbed by two men in the 300 block of Memorial Avenue on Tuesday afternoon, a 30-year-old man jumped on a bike and road it for several blocks before seeking medical attention, city police said.
“Two suspects (men) were seen running from the area,” Police Chief Damon Hagan said.
“I think he was being robbed,” a witness told the Sun-Gazette.
Two men were beating up the victim when one of the assailants “suddenly pulled out a knife” and made a stabbing motion near the victim’s neck, the witness, who did not want their identity or gender disclosed, said.
“I think they were taking money out of his pockets,” the witness said.
“After he was stabbed, the man got on a bike and just took off. This is crazy,” the witness, who called 911, said.
Police were dispatched to the area of Elmira Street and Scoville Place, just north of Memorial Avenue, about 2:10 p.m. to investigate a report of a fight in progress, Hagan said.
No one was there, he said, adding that everyone involved had already left the scene.
However, officers knew there had been a major injury because there was a trail of blood droplets around the entire block.
While members of the city’s Forensic Services Unit were processing the scene and collecting evidence, officers received word of an injured man several blocks away.
That man turned out to be the stabbing victim, who was taken by ambulance to UPMC Williamsport. Hagan said the man was expected to make a full recovery.