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Man stabs couple who took him in, police say

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Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, 1:16 a.m.
 

MANOR — A 45-year-old homeless man, who was given shelter by a Manor Township couple, was arrested on Monday for stabbing the couple with a steak knife in their apartment along Ramer Road during an argument over dirty dishes, police said.

According to the affidavit, James Dean Flick, 45, admitted to state police that he stabbed Loriann Neal, 46, and Robert McClure, 48, inside Apt. 107 at 106 Ramer Road during a fit of rage.

Trooper Stephen Rowe said Tuesday that an argument over the dishes escalated between Flick and McClure and that Flick allegedly first struck McClure with a closed fist and proceeded to swing a knife at him which resulted in a deep, 6-inch laceration to McClure's upper arm.

When Neal and McClure's 21-year-old son, Jacob McClure, stepped in to break up the fight, Neal sustained a minor injury to her left hand, said Rowe.

The affidavit notes that police were initially dispatched to ACMH Hospital at 11:52 a.m. Monday to speak with Neal and Robert McClure about the stabbing.

Flick was attempting to leave the Ramer Road residence in a silver Mercury Sable when troopers arrived to bring him in for questioning.

He was arraigned by District Judge James Andring on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, harassment and driving without a license. He was placed in the Armstrong County jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.

His preliminary hearing is expected to be held Dec. 17 before District Judge J. Gary DeComo.

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or bbeatty@tribweb.com.

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