SHAMOKIN — City police have a suspect in Saturday afternoon’s stabbing of a woman in the 300 block of South Fifth Street.
Patrolman Shane Mowery, the investigating officer, described the suspect Sunday afternoon as a “person of interest.”
Police also have obtained a search warrant in the ongoing probe from on-call Magisterial District Judge Michael Diehl, of Milton.
However, an arrest had not yet been made as of late Sunday evening.
The News-Item learned that the stabbing victim is Zolange Otero-Rivera, 34, of 309 S. Fifth St., who remained at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, on Sunday night. She reportedly was in critical condition Saturday night, but a nursing supervisor said Sunday there was no information to release on her condition.
Otero-Rivera was transported by Elysburg Ambulance to Geisinger after allegedly suffering stab wounds to the head and chest area shortly after 4:30 p.m. outside her residence.
The stabbing reportedly occurred during a melee involving about 25 people who carried assorted weapons, including baseball bats, knives and shovels.
Multiple participants in the melee fled the scene in four vehicles, according to a witness.
The witness told The News-Item he saw a male strike another man twice with a baseball bat. He said other people were holding shovels. The witness said he didn’t see the actual stabbing but said the victim suffered wounds to her chest and head.
Blood droplets were spotted on the street where the stabbing allegedly occurred.
Prior to being stabbed, the woman was dragged through a muddy section of ground near a set of railroad tracks just off Mulberry Street, the witness said.
Police have conducted numerous interviews during their investigation.
Assisting Shamokin police Saturday were officers from Coal and Ralpho townships, as well as state police.