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June 24, 2014

Man arrested in Skyview Towers stabbing

NEW CASTLE — New Castle police said they forced their way into a Skyview Towers apartment to arrest a stabbing suspect.

Police said they took Harry A. Boatner Jr. into custody Wednesday after having to fire a 40-millimeter sponge round at him.

He is accused of stabbing a 34-year-old woman in the left arm during an argument around 3 p.m. in an apartment in the high-rise building at 219 N. Beaver St.

Police said when they arrived at the building, the woman was being treated in the lobby by New Castle Fire Department and Noga ambulance personnel.

She told police she and Boatner had been arguing and he had tried to stab her in the abdomen with a pocket knife with a button on it. She said she had blocked the knife and he slashed her twice in the forearm.

She told police that as she walked toward the door, Boatner grabbed her from behind and made a slashing motion with his finger across her neck and told her that he would cut her jugular vein. She said she was able to leave the apartment and call 911.

The woman said Boatner had thrown the knife out of the window before police arrived.

Officers said they retrieved two knives from the ground outside and one was a pocket knife with a button that had blood on it.

Police reported that after the alleged incident, Boatner was locked inside his apartment and refused to open the door as they spoke to him by telephone.

Officers used a master key from the Lawrence County Housing Authority, which owns the building, to enter Boatner’s apartment. They said they found Boatner sitting on a living room couch holding a cell phone.

Police said they gave him numerous commands to put his hands up but he would not comply. An officer then shot him in the right leg with a 40-millimeter sponge round, police said, but it had no effect on him. Then officers used force to handcuff him as he struggled with them.

Boatner is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest and harassment.

He was arraigned by District Judge Jerry Cartwright, who committed him to the Lawrence County jail in lieu of $25,000 bond, pending a hearing Thursday.

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