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Man stabs sister after quarrel

Published February 03. 2014 01:08PM

A McAdoo woman is reportedly in stable condition this morning after she was stabbed on Saturday night. Her brother is jailed in the Schuylkill County Prison in Pottsville, charged with trying to kill his sibling.

McAdoo Patrolman Steven Homanko was dispatched to 228 S. Cleveland St. at 10:40 p.m. Saturday for a reported stabbing. At the scene, he was able to speak with the victim, 19-year-old Megan Luchetta, who told him she had been stabbed by her brother, Ralph Michael Luchetta, 27, of 109 N. Kennedy Dr., McAdoo.

An all-points bulletin was issued for Luchetta, who was captured a short time later at 27 E. Monroe St., McAdoo, following a large scale manhunt involving McAdoo, Rush Township and Pennsylvania State Police from the Frackville barracks.

While police were searching for the assailant, the victim was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton, then flown to the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, where she underwent multiple surgeries to repair the damage to her chest and abdominal areas.

After being read his Miranda Warnings, Luchetta admitted to McAdoo Police Chief Jeffrey Wainwright that he stabbed his sister with a "knuckle knife" after the siblings quarreled. Luchetta said he first struck his sister with the closed knuckles, in the face and stomach. He then opened the knife and "stabbed her two or three times." He then fled the scene and "threw the knife under a camper in the 300 block of South Cleveland Street. Officers were able to retrieve the weapon.

Luchetta was arraigned before duty District Judge Anthony Kilker in Shenandoah on charges of attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault, simple assault with a deadly weapon, simple assault-attempt by menace, reckless endangerment and harassment. Judge Kilker set bail at $100,000 straight cash bond.

Also assisting were personnel with the McAdoo Ambulance, American Patient Transport Systems, Inc. and the McAdoo Fire Department.

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