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Man stabbed, had wallet, cellphone stolen in Wilkes-Barre

Man stumbles into bar and restaurant seeking help after attack.

June 21. 2013 12:41AM

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WILKES-BARRE — A man was stabbed during a robbery near a Turney Hill Minit Market on George Avenue and North Washington Street on Thursday night and collapsed at a bar while trying to run to a hospital.

Police, a fire crew and medics responded to the Cork Bar & Restaurant at East Elm and Madison streets about 9:15 p.m. for a report of a man who wandered in off the street with a stab wound to his leg and collapsed.

“He came in and said, ‘Sorry for bothering your business,’ but he said he really needs help. Then he went down,” said bar manager Carolyn Falzone.

Falzone said a patron took off his belt and wrapped it around the man’s leg to help control the bleeding while other patrons assisted by offering water and trying to make the man comfortable.

Falzone said the man said he was stabbed in the area of the Turkey Hill across North Washington Street from the Hollenback Golf Course, and the two suspects stole his wallet and phone.

“He was trying to run to (Wilkes-Barre General) Hospital, but he couldn’t make it,” Falzone said.

The man was treated at the scene inside the Medic 2 ambulance and transported to a hospital.

Police said they had no information available to share prior to press deadline.

Thursday’s attack is the second such violent robbery on a city street in as many days.

A male juvenile was stabbed in the area of Academy Street and Carey Avenue late Wednesday night.

Police said the juvenile reported he was walking on Academy Street when he saw about nine men grouped together at about 10:53 p.m. One of the men approached the juvenile and demanded his wallet. When the juvenile refused, a fight broke out and the juvenile was stabbed in the chest, abdomen and back.

Police said the suspects got away with $80 and a T-Mobile cellphone.

The juvenile ran to G&G Market and called his mother, who picked him up and drove him to a hospital.

Two other violent robberies occured this week in or just outside the city.

According to a police press release, a victim whose car was parked at the Intermodal parking garage Tuesday night was approached by a teenage male asking to borrow his phone. The victim gave his phone to the suspect, who walked away with it. The victim followed and was confronted by several male teens who assaulted him. The victim suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

And in Hanover Township, police say three men assaulted and robbed a woman in the area of West Division Street and Lee Park Avenue late Sunday night.

The woman told police she left a friend’s house at about 11 p.m. when three men came out of nowhere and attacked her. She said she was knocked to the ground after being struck in the face.

A pack of Sonoma cigarettes and a lighter was taken from the woman’s pockets, police said. The attackers were believed to be scared away by a man walking his dog.

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