Pa. man charged in cleaver attack

February 01, 2005|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was charged with striking another man on the head with a meat cleaver Saturday night.

Andres Gonzales, 45, of 122 Buchanan St., was charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault and arraigned before District Justice David Hawbaker, police said. He was jailed on $1 million bond and was still in Franklin County Prison Monday night.

The victim, Christopher Stallworth, age and address unavailable, was taken to Chambersburg Hospital for treatment of a 4- to 5-inch cut to his head, but was later transferred to York (Pa.) Hospital with what was diagnosed as a fractured skull, police said.

Stallworth was discharged from York Hospital on Sunday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Police said the attack occurred at 272 Larch Ave. at 9:18 p.m. When police arrived, Stallworth was standing outside the house as a woman attempted to stop the bleeding. Stallworth and the woman, Candida Drayton, told police that Stallworth was struck with the meat cleaver.


"It was a large meat cleaver," Detective Sgt. Dianne Kelso said Monday.

The three were in the house earlier when Stallworth slapped Gonzales in the face, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Gonzales left the house and returned about 15 minutes later with the meat cleaver and attacked Stallworth, police alleged.

Drayton got the cleaver away from Gonzales, who then fled the house, the affidavit states.

Gonzales was arrested without incident at his home at 11:45 p.m., police said.

"Gonzales stated he wanted to kill Stallworth for slapping him. Gonzales stated he wished Stallworth were dead and if he sees him again he will kill him," according to allegations in the affidavit.

The affidavit did not indicate what led to Stallworth slapping Gonzales.

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