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Pa. man is charged in Christmas Day stabbing

December 27, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man found lying on a sidewalk bleeding from a stab wound Christmas night was in York (Pa.) Hospital Monday and his alleged assailant was being held without bond on a charge of attempted homicide, according to borough police.

Jacob Blanco, 31, of 354 E. Washington St., was in serious condition Monday, according to a hospital spokeswoman. He was taken to York following initial treatment at Chambersburg Hospital, police said.

Juan Fernando Arana-Ramos, 20, no fixed address, was in Franklin County Prison Monday on attempted homicide and aggravated assault charges, both first-degree felonies, police said.

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At 7:06 p.m. Sunday, police received a report of a man lying on the sidewalk near the intersection of Federal and Loudon streets. Blanco had been stabbed in the throat, police said.

Police said Blanco had been stabbed while inside an apartment at 364 W. Loudon St. Police did not indicate what circumstances led to the stabbing.

Thirty minutes after the initial call, police were called to 627 Broad St. for a report of a man arriving there covered with blood. Police said Arana-Ramos was found at the house, taken into custody and arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Larry Pentz.

Pentz said he arraigned Arana-Ramos at about 5 a.m. Monday. Pentz said he denied Arana-Ramos bail because he is believed to be an illegal alien and because of the possibility of additional charges if Blanco does not survive.

Pentz said he tentatively set Arana-Ramos' preliminary hearing for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, in Franklin County Central Court.

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