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Slatington man is charged in borough stabbing

Published May 08. 2012 05:01PM

A Slatington man charged with stabbing another man in the borough on Sunday is headed for court.

Joseph Muse, 22, is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. May 14 in the Lehigh County Courthouse.

Muse has been charged with stabbing Kyle Johnson, 20, of Slatington, in the area of S. Fourth Street and Long Alley near the 300 block of W. Washington Street. Muse was sent to Lehigh County Prison under $25,000 straight bail on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment, and possession of instruments of crime.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Patrolman Matthew S. Schwarz of the Slatington Police Department:

Schwarz was dispatched to the 300 block of W. Washington Street for a male with a knife trying to stab someone, according to the affidavit. Prior to arrival, county radio updated the dispatch to one male being stabbed, the affidavit says. Upon arrival, Schwarz viewed a large group of people standing around Johnson sitting upright in W. Washington Street and Long Alley bleeding from his leg.

Johnson's leg had a black cloth wrapped around the wound, but a large amount of blood was present underneath his leg.

Schwarz was advised that Johnson had been stabbed in the leg by a large knife, and that the actor had fled the scene heading north on Fourth Street. The actor was identified as Muse, who was wearing a red shirt and jeans.

Johnson was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital by Northern Valley EMS for a knife wound to his left calf. Police said Johnson is expected to recover from his injuries.

After a search of the area for Muse, Sgt. David Alercia responded to assist and interviewed several witnesses.

One person interviewed was Alexus Gernert, who was present during the confrontation. She had approached Muse in front of 311 Fourth St. and punched him in the face. He then pulled out the knife, which was used in the stabbing, and chased her down the street. She then witnessed him approach Johnson, who fell to the ground, at which time Muse stabbed him in the leg.

A witness, who attended to Johnson after he was stabbed, stated he saw Muse hiding inside a neighbor's garage prior to the stabbing, and escorted him out of the garage. While doing so, he saw Muse in possession of an all black knife. He saw him display it when he was confronted by Gernert. Inside the garage where Muse was hiding, which was near the crime scene, was his wallet with his identification inside.

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