Police: Man Stabbed Near Community Kitchen

March 7, 2018 GMT

WILKES-BARRE — A New York man is facing aggravated assault charges after police say he stabbed someone during a fight in front of the St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen on Monday evening.

Carmine A. Madejczyk, 22, of Brooklyn, is accused of stabbing a man he knows from the shelter where he stays after they got into an altercation along East Jackson Street shortly after 5 p.m.

According to a police affidavit, officers arrived to find Madejczyk bleeding profusely from the head, with his clothes covered in blood. Madejczyk told police he got into a fight with a man whose name he didn’t know and then an unidentified person pushed him from behind, causing him to hit his head on the sidewalk, the affidavit says.


Prior to being taken to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Madejczyk informed police he did not intend to press charges, police said.

But about an hour and a half later, police were summoned to the hospital to a report that another party involved in the fight had shown up with a stab wound. Police found Richard O’Donnell, 52, of Luzerne, who told police he was stabbed on his right side near his ribs after turning his back on Madejczyk, according to the affidavit.

Police then paid a bedside visit to Madejczyk, who then admitted he had stabbed O’Donnell but that he didn’t believe the knife he used was sharp enough to do any damage, according to police.

Madejczyk claimed to be unaware of the knife’s location, and investigators were unable to find it, police said.

Police say O’Donnell was being treated in the hospital’s trauma unit for life-threatening injuries. Madejczyk was treated and released, at which point police charged him with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and harassment.

Magisterial District Judge Joseph J. Carmody arraigned Madejczyk on Tuesday morning and ordered him jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility with bail set at $25,000.

A preliminary hearing was set for March 19.

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