Police Still Searching for Stabbing Suspect in Taylor

By Eric Deabill | edeabill@pahomepage.com

Published 08/15 2014 04:09PM

Updated 08/15 2014 06:53PM

Police in Lackawanna County are still searching for a man they say was involved in a violent stabbing Thursday night.

Taylor police say they expect to file attempted murder charges against Barry Lewis when he is arrested.

The victim's aunt, Dorothy Gunkle, spoke with Eyewitness News Friday.

She lives with her niece, the stabbing victim and was an eyewitness to the stabbing.

Gunkle, 73, says she was waiting with her niece Jennie Falkenstein on the back porch of a home at 202 South Main Street when the 37-year-old mother was attacked.

"She was trying to tell him he had to leave, whatever went on is over," Gunkle said.

Gunkle says suspect Barry Lewis was hiding a knife in his right sleeve as the two talked on the back porch.

Gunkle says Lewis kept getting more and more upset until he went towards the victim.

"He got right in her face and it just felt like a thump in the chest. It happened very fast. It happened extremely fast," Gunkle said.

Neighbors like Warren Morgan Sr. say incidents like the stabbing are unusual in the neighborhood.

"It's not typical around here and like I said, I've lived here all my life," Morgan said.

After the stabbing, Barry Lewis took off on foot.

Police are still searching for him and expect to file aggravated assault and possibly even attempted murder charges against him when he's caught.

"He's sick. He's a sick human being," Gunkle said.

Neighbors say it's sad that a domestic situation turned violent so quickly and they hope Lewis is caught.

"He needs to be put behind bars, you know? You do something violent, you deserve to be punished for it," Morgan said.

The victim remains in the hospital. Her aunt says she suffered a punctured lung and it will take a while to heal.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Barry Lewis is urged to call Taylor Police or 911.

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