Fight/Stabbing

On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, Officers from the West Hempfield Township Police Department, responded to the Speedway located on 1792 Columbia Avenue, Columbia, PA 17512, for a fight.

Officers learned that an adult male, Walter Smith, had kept asking the Speedway clerk for her phone number, and asking her wheither or not she liked him. The clerk became nervous due to Smith's persistence.

The clerk then called a friend and the friend's husband, Clarence McMinn, had responded to the store. Clarence arrived at the store and tried to get Smith to leave. A physical altercation broke out between Smith and McMinn, in the store, and during the struggle C. McMinn slashed Smith's arm with a survival knife that he was carrying on his person.

The officers reported that Smith was found sitting near the gas pumps bleeding when they arrived on the scene.

The officer reported that both males involved in the altercation were transported to the LGH for treatment of non life threatening injuries.

The West Hempfield Township Police Department, after consulting with the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office, will file Simple assault charges against both parties, at MDJ Miles Bixler's Office, in Columbia, PA 17512.

All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Incident Date: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 10:19pm
Reference ID: 
2017-WH-00216

Location: 

1792 Columbia Avenue
Columbia, PA 17512