Police: Shamokin teen threatened father, cut mother
SHAMOKIN - A 16-year-old Sunbury area male has been charged with attempting to stab his father with a folding knife Sunday in Shamokin.
The defendant's mother suffered a laceration on her right finger while attempting to take the knife away from her son.
Dillon J. Carpenter, of 3455 State Route 61, Sunbury, is charged by Patrolman Raymond Siko II with a felony of aggravated assault and misdemeanors of terroristic threats, two counts of simple assault, possessing an instrument of crime, disorderly conduct and harassment.
Carpenter remains incarcerated in the county jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail after being arraigned Sunday afternoon by on-call Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones of Mount Carmel.
The disturbance occurred at about 9:15 a.m. outside the rear of a restaurant at 139 E. Independence St. operated by Carpenter's parents, Thomas and Cynthia Carpenter.
Approximately five minutes after the attempted stabbing, the defendant was spotted running toward the police station, where his father and older brother, Cody Carpenter, had arrived at about the same time.
When asked by police what happened, Thomas Carpenter said the defendant was extremely upset and started an argument with his brother that turned physical. The father said the teen slapped Cody across the face. When Thomas Carpenter asked his son why he hit his brother, the teen started fighting with his father, who suffered multiple abrasions on his right arm.
During the altercation, Dillon Carpenter reached into his front pocket and removed a blue folding knife, opened it and attempted to stab his father, according to the police report. Cynthia Carpenter then attempted to disarm her son and was cut with the knife on a finger on her right hand.
Once the knife was removed from Dillon, police said his father threw it out of reach.
Dillon broke free from his father and ran to the police station, where he told Siko he tried to kill his father by stabbing him with a knife. Upon walking back to an interview room, Dillon uttered, "I should have killed him."
The defendant, who was read his Miranda rights and agreed to speak with police in the presence of a Northumberland County Children and Youth Services employee, said he made a gesture to his sister that wasn't nice, prompting his brother to slap his hand. Dillon said he then slapped Cody in the face. He also said he began cursing his mother when she came outside.
Dillon said he blocked his mother from attempting to slap him in the face and did the same to his father when he came outside.
The teen admitted screaming at his father before engaging in a physical altercation in which he grabbed his father by the throat and attempted to stab him with a knife.
After someone removed the knife from him, Dillon said he continued yelling before fleeing the scene.
The juvenile is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 9 before Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III.