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Pittsburgh police seek Penn Hills man in August stabbing

Madasyn Czebiniak
| Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, 7:36 p.m.

Pittsburgh police have issued a warrant for a Penn Hills man they say stabbed two people in Homewood over stolen drugs last month.

Ralph Artice Anderson, 39, is charged with two counts of attempted homicide and four counts of aggravated assault, court documents show. A warrant was filed Monday after a witness on Sunday identified Anderson through a photo lineup.

The incident happened at 2:11 p.m. on Aug. 14, according to a criminal complaint. Police said they were called to Frankstown Avenue at North Homewood Avenue for a report of two people stabbed. Both victims were taken by ambulance to UPMC Presbyterian. The first victim had been stabbed in the upper back and listed in stable condition. The second victim had been stabbed in the thigh was listed in critical condition.

According to police, the first victim, identified as Witness No. 1, encountered a man known as “Black,” who had sold drugs to the witness numerous times over the past 6 months, the complaint said.

“Black” confronted Witness No. 1 over stolen narcotics, and the two began to fight. “Black” pulled out a knife and stabbed Witness No. 1 and Victim No. 2, who tried to intervene, the witness said. “Black,” later identified as Anderson, ran from the scene.

According to police, Victim No. 2 went into cardiac arrest due to the injury, had to be resuscitated and remains hospitalized.

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