Witness details Schuylkill road rage stabbing
A witness to the road rage killing of George Marcincin told police she believed the suspect stabbed him “at least five times” while he was on the ground.
That statement is in the affidavit of probable caused filed by Pennsylvania State Police against Tamiir Ion Whitted, 29, of Pottsville, who is charged with first- and third-degree murder, aggravated assault, simple assault, fleeing attempting to elude an officer, resisting arrest, possessing instrument of crime, and recklessly endangering another person. He is in the Schuylkill County Prison without bail because of the first-degree murder charge.
Police said Whitted stabbed Marcincin multiple times in an apparent road rage attack on Route 61 and north of Brick Hill Road Monday.
“Due to the nature and the extent of the victim’s injuries, it is very likely that the victim died as a result of the injuries he sustained when the accused stabbed him repeatedly,” police said.
Wounds were visible on his neck, chest, arm and back.
Police were dispatched to the area when a witness called Schuylkill County Communications Center and said that she was watching the two men fight in the road. She saw Whitted stab Marcincin several times during the attack. The woman said it appeared Marcincin was attempting to defend himself while Whitted seemed to be the aggressor. She noticed Whitted had a knife, which she said he repeatedly used to stab Marcincin even as he fell to the ground. Whitted left in his car traveling north on Route 61 after she told him police were coming.
Other witnesses said the two vehicles “seemed to be racing one another and cutting each other off for several miles in the southbound lanes of Route 61.” Witnesses said Whitted stopped his vehicle across both lanes in front of the victim’s vehicle to prevent him from driving.
Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop first in Orwigsburg Borough, but Whitted didn’t stop. However, he did stop on Brick Hill Road but then drove at “a high rate of speed” on Route 61, stopping near the intersection with Holly Road. However, he didn’t comply with police commands. He exited the vehicle while talking on the phone but left again shortly thereafter.
He was apprehended while resisting arrest on Route 61 near the intersection with Chestnut Ridge Drive. A Taser was used to gain compliance.
A witness positively identified Whitted as the man who stabbed the victim.
Police noticed blood on his pants inside the vehicle. A knife was visible.
Search warrants were obtained to seize evidence.
He was arraigned Monday by Magisterial District Judge James Reiley and a preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. April 22 in front of Magisterial District Judge James Ferrier.