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Preliminary hearing postponed in Pa. stabbing case

January 04, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, PA.

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

The preliminary hearing for a man charged by Chambersburg police in a Christmas stabbing was postponed Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court.

Juan Fernando Arana-Ramos, 20, no fixed address, is charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault in the Dec. 25 stabbing of Jacob Blanco, 31, of 354 E. Washington St.

Arana-Ramos, who initially was denied bail, remains in Franklin County Prison with bond set at $1 million, according to Assistant District Attorney Angela Krom.

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Blanco, who was found lying on the sidewalk and bleeding from a stab wound to the throat, remains in York (Pa.) Hospital. He was listed in serious condition for several days after he was admitted, but a hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday he is in satisfactory condition.

Arana-Ramos' preliminary hearing was rescheduled for Feb. 7, Public Defender Michael Toms said. The postponement will allow Blanco to be available if a preliminary hearing is held and give the defense more time to review the evidence, he said.

"We have not determined a motive. We do know they were acquainted with each other," Detective Sgt. Dianne Kelso said of Arana-Ramos and Blanco.

At 7:06 p.m. Christmas Day, police received a report of a man bleeding and staggering in the street near the intersection of Federal and Loudon streets. When police arrived, Blanco was lying on the sidewalk, police said.

Police determined Blanco was stabbed in an apartment at 364 W. Loudon St. Kelso said that is about half a block from where Blanco was found.

Another man and a woman were in the apartment prior to the stabbing, but left to get beer, police said.

Thirty minutes after the stabbing, police were called to 627 Broad St., according to the affidavit of probable cause. The call was made by a relative of Arana-Ramos at that address, who told police Arana-Ramos "made statements that he had killed someone" and washed blood off his hands, the affidavit stated.

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