PITTSFIELD — Charles R. Earls III was committed to Warren County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail after Pennsylvania State Police charged him with a first-degree felony count of aggravated assault stemming from a stabbing incident in a trailer park on Monday morning.
State police at Warren allege Earls, a 20-year-old Corry man, stabbed a 29-year-old Youngsville man during a fight at a Warren County residence on Dey Lane in Pittsfield Township at about 8:17 a.m. Monday.
Troopers received a 911 transfer at 8:23 a.m. from Earls who had reported on a recorded line that he had just stabbed the man twice after the man attempted to punch him, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed with the police criminal complaint. PSP units were dispatched to the 100 block of Dey Lane after receiving a second call from a woman advising troopers of the stabbing.
Police said Earls was taken into custody when troopers arrived at the scene he admitted to stabbing the man during the fight.
The affidavit states the knife that was used to stab the victim was located near the area was Earls was arrested. A responding trooper observed the victim being treated by EMTs on a porch of the residence and there was a large pool of blood under him.
The Youngsville man was transported from the scene by ambulance and then flown to Erie for further treatment of his injuries. The victim's condition is unknown.
The victim was interviewed by a trooper in the ambulance and he stated a woman had called him that morning about Earls saying she was worried and scared because she had broken up with Earls on Sunday, according to the affidavit.
The Youngsville man got a ride to Dey Lane from a friend and encountered Earls as soon as he arrived at the residence.
The affidavit states the victim told Earls he had to leave and he also saw a bat in Earls' bag and grabbed it and tossed it away. The victim contacted the trailer park manager who came to the residence and also asked Earls to leave.
The Youngsville man told police he asked Earls to leave multiple times and Earls "stepped up on him," according to the affidavit. The victim stated he pushed Earls to get him to leave and then saw Earls had a curved knife in his hand.
The affidavit states the victim said Earls lunged forward and stabbed his wrist, grazed his chest and then stabbed him in the abdomen. Police allege Earls stabbed the man three times, including a deep wound to his abdomen, and there was a large amount of blood at the scene.
Earls was arraigned before District Judge Laura Bauer on Monday for one count of aggravated assault - attempts to cause serious bodily injury or causes injury with extreme indifference. His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 2 p.m. on Oct. 21 before Bauer.