An Ellwood City man is behind bars after allegedly stabbing another man in the chest with a steak knife.

Jonathan Sisto Stephenson, 21, of 309 Hazel Avenue is charged with felony counts of attempted homicide and aggravated assault, as well as misdemeanor counts of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

He was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County jail on $250,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Lawrence County Central Court.

The stabbing victim, 20-year-old Alan Folino of Hazel Avenue, was taken to Ellwood City Hospital, then transferred by helicopter to Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Lt. David Kingston, acting police chief, said he spoke with the victim’s father yesterday morning and that while Folino is in serious condition, he is expected to recover. Folino sustained three stab wounds resulting in a punctured and collapsed lung, a puncture to the liver and a punctured diaphragm. He also had a stab wound to the right elbow.

Police said the incident stemmed from a break-up between Stephenson and his former fiancée.

According to court documents, police were called about 6:20 p.m. Wednesday by Folino’s father. The elder Folino told officers that his son had just called him from a home two doors away to say he’d been stabbed, and he asked his father to call police and an ambulance.

The victim’s father also said that the suspect was still in the home, which police identified as the residence of Stephenson and his fiancée, with whom he had just broken up, and her two daughters.

Police went to the home and found Folino lying on the floor in the front room of the residence, bleeding profusely around his right shoulder area.

Stephenson and his ex-fiancée were in the kitchen, the court documents say, and Stephenson was holding a bent knife.

Stephenson initially refused police orders to put the knife down but eventually dropped it to the floor. He was taken into custody around 6:45.

Later, the documents say, Stephenson told police that the incident had begun  shortly after he and his fiancée agreed to break up, and she gave him back her engagement ring. Stephenson said he then left the home, stopped to get money from an ATM machine, then went to a bar, where he had two drinks.

He returned to his residence and found Folino sitting on the couch with his ex-fiancée and one of her daughters. Stephenson said he told them that he was going to kill himself over the break-up. He added that Folino said something to him that made him angry, and that he went to the kitchen, grabbed a knife and stabbed Folino.

Stephenson, the documents say, told police that he wanted to kill Folino, but the knife bent and prevented him from stabbing the victim additional times. He also stopped because his minor daughter, who was sitting on the couch, started to cry.

Stephenson added that he had just gone to the kitchen to kill himself with the knife when police entered the home.


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