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Accused teen stabber released on bail

SHAMOKIN — The teenager accused of stabbing a man during a fight near the Sunbury boat launch was released on bail Tuesday.

Keith Beltran, 16, of 26 S. Franklin St., Shamokin, posted $25,000 cash bail through Melissa’s Bail Bonds, Middleburg.

Beltran has been incarcerated in Cambria County Prison since he was taken into custody at his home Nov. 1. Shamokin Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III initially incarcerated him on $100,000 bail, but that amount was reduced last week by Sunbury Magisterial District Judge Benjamin Apfelbaum.

Sunbury police charged Beltran as an adult with two felony counts of aggravated assault and multiple misdemeanors for his role in an Oct. 31 stabbing near the boat launch on South Front Street in Sunbury. Police said Alexander Wabst, 23, had been engaged in a physical fight with Shatiq Crum, 18, also a resident of 26 S. Franklin St. Wabst told police he had been winning the fight when Beltran stepped in and stabbed him in the torso.

Police said the fight had been instigated by an exchange of words over Facebook, and the men were accompanied by several friends to the location at an agreed-upon time for a pre-arranged altercation. Wabst was taken to the hospital by a friend, where he was treated for his injuries and survived.

Beltran’s attorney, George Lepley, of Williamsport, is expected to file a motion in the Court of Common Pleas asking a judge to transfer the case back to the juvenile system. If the request is made, the issue will be heard by Judge Paige Rosini.