CLINTON TWP. - A domestic dispute culminated with a man stabbing his stepfather at a residence in the Elk Lake section, state police said.
Michael Clement Farrell, 52, of Waymart, was treated for stab wounds at Wayne Memorial Hospital.
The suspect, Donovan John Houck, 42, of Hawley, faces charges of aggravated and simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. The suspect had fled after the stabbing but was served with an arrest warrant on Jan. 24 in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, police said.
Houck was arraigned before District Judge Bonnie Carney and released on $100,000 unsecured bail.
Police said Houck stabbed his stepfather Jan. 17 after they spent the day drinking and then arguing over a "personal issue." Farrell suffered lacerations to his thumb and chest, police said.
According to an arrest affidavit filed by state police Trooper John M. Chervanka of the Honesdale barracks:
Troopers responded to Wayne Memorial Hospital after being notified of the stabbing. Farrell refused to talk with troopers and would not cooperate in the investigation.
Later, troopers were called to Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton, where Houck had gone seeking mental health treatment. Houck told staff that he had stabbed his stepfather and that he is bipolar and off his medication.
Troopers from the Dunmore barracks responded to the hospital, but Houck refused to speak with them.
Troopers then made a second visit to Farrell at Wayne Memorial. Farrell spoke with police, saying he was unsure how he suffered the stab wounds.
The victim said he remembered fighting with Houck and they both went to the floor during the altercation. "Farrell believes it was when they went to the floor was when he received the lacerations," according to the affidavit.
The altercation took place after the two had been ice fishing and drinking all day at Elk Lake, police said.
Farrell told troopers no one else was present during the fight at his cottage.
The injuries to Farrell's hand and chest were sutured closed during his overnight stay at the hospital.