Share This Page

Man stabs couple who took him in, police say

| 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.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.