A young man is fighting for his life after being stabbed in a home just a short distance from the Coaldale police station.
The incident unfolded just after 7:30 p.m. Thursday when the victim apparently tried to make his way to the police after being stabbed in the neck, possibly in the throat. He was treated by members of the Lansford ambulance and Lehighton paramedics, and rushed to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, where he was treated and later transferred to St. Luke's Hospital in Fountain Hill. A medical transport helicopter was requested but because of the strong storms in the area, the transfer had to be by ground.
Neighbors said the ambulance, accompanied by two police cars, raced down High street while en route to the hospital.
Hospital staff at St. Luke's, Fountain Hill, said they had no record of the patient as of early Friday.
The stabbing reportedly occurred in a home located at 101 E. High St., at the intersection of Third and East High streets. Coaldale police were assisted by Lansford and Tamaqua police.
Area residents reported the man to be 21 years old and had a girlfriend who was being interviewed by police. There were also reports of two men running from the scene just after the incident.
According to Schuylkill County property records, the house at 101 E. High St. is owned by Michele L. and Daniel Romig. The records list the deed transfer for the house as May 12.
Police Chief Tim Delaney, reached early Friday, said he was on vacation and that Officer Todd Weiss is handling the case. Efforts to reach Weiss were unsuccessful.