A 28-year-old Meadville man charged in a stabbing that took place during a late-night Chestnut Street brawl in August was apprehended Thursday.
Doneil Maurice Hamilton, 448 Poplar St., was taken into custody by Erie police, who notified Meadville Police Department at 4:17 p.m., according to Assistant Chief Mike Stefanucci. Hamilton was transported to Meadville and arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Samuel Pendolino at 9:30 p.m.
Hamilton is one of four people facing criminal charges in connection with the Aug. 10 melee that left one person hospitalized and three large storefront windows shattered. The charges against Hamilton were filed Aug. 13.
Hamilton is accused by police of stabbing a 28-year-old man during the altercation in front of Techbox, the computer repair store at 250 Chestnut St. where the windows were broken.
The stabbing victim collapsed from his injuries, according to the probable cause affidavit filed by police in the case, and was taken to Meadville Medical Center. After hospital staff discovered a single stab wound that was believed to have injured his liver and right lung, the man was flown by medical helicopter to UPMC Hamot in Erie.
By 3:52 p.m., the victim was awake and able to talk, according to the affidavit, and he spoke to police later that afternoon. Subsequent details on his recovery were unavailable.
Police responded to the brawl at approximately 1:57 a.m. Restoring order and assessing numerous injuries “took a considerable amount of time,” according to the affidavit.
In the hours following the brawl, police obtained security video that showed part of the brawl and what appeared to be a cellphone video of the incident that had been posted to Facebook. In the latter video, the stabbing victim can be seen falling backwards out of a crowd, according to police.
Another man, who police allege is Hamilton, can be seen stepping toward him, striking his right side with the thumb side of his right fist, then quickly stepping away. The same man can then be seen walking away from the crowd and placing his right hand in his pocket, according to the affidavit, though the quality of the video does not provide a view of a weapon in the man’s hand.
The arrest of Hamilton is the latest in a series of reactions from both police and city government following the Aug. 10 brawl.
Immediately after order was restored, a Public Works crew worked to clear broken glass from the street and sidewalk and board up the damaged Techbox storefront ahead of the Second Saturday Community Market that was due to begin at 9 a.m. City officials were still present vacuuming the affected area hours before the market opened, though droplets of dried blood were still evident on the sidewalk leading from Techbox to near the Market House during the monthly event.
Two days later, a misdemeanor charge of simple assault and summary charges of harassment and disorderly conduct were filed against Anthony T. Waid, 32, who was arraigned later in the week. Waid is headed to trial after waiving his preliminary hearing Sept. 26.
Charges against Hamilton were filed on Aug. 13. On the same day, the brawl became a central focus of a previously scheduled meeting between members of the Meadville Independent Business Alliance and City Manager Andy Walker, who called the incident “an absolutely, terribly dangerous thing” and “an ugly scene.”
Timothy T. Bolden, 23, was charged with misdemeanor counts of simple assault and disorderly conduct and a summary count of harassment on Aug. 19. The same charges were filed against Miles Thomas-Rashid Jordan, 32, on Aug. 21.
Bolden was arraigned before Pendolino Sept. 19 and remains free on nonmonetary bail conditions with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 29. Jordan has not yet been arraigned, according to online court documents.
Hamilton faces a felony count of aggravated assault, misdemeanor counts of simple assault, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and a summary count of harassment. A preliminary hearing for Hamilton was scheduled for Oct. 22 before Pendolino. He remains in Crawford County jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.
Mike Crowley can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.