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Edwardsville man jailed as suspect in stabbing

WILKES-BARRE – A 40-year-old man accused of stabbing another man in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday afternoon was apprehended on Northampton Street in Kingston, Wilkes-Barre Police Sgt. Joe Novak said.

Police say Juan Barrabi of Edwardsville is suspected of stabbing a man that he knew while both were at 114 Parrish St.

According to police, Barrabi fled the scene as a passenger in a Mercury Sable driven by an unidentified female before officers arrived.

“They started off with a verbal argument, went to a physical argument to assault,” Novak said.

Edwardsville and Kingston police were alerted that the vehicle might be headed toward their areas.

Kingston police detained Barrabi and the driver near the Edwardsville boundary until Wilkes-Barre officers could arrive to take them into custody.

The driver, whose name was not released, is also accused of having fraudulent inspection stickers on her vehicle.

“She will be charged with altering documents,” Novak said.

Wilkes-Barre police are running Barrabi’s fingerprints through a FBI database to verify his identity because Barrabi claims to be from Tennessee, Novak said.

Barrabi is expected to be charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and disorderly conduct, Novak said.

Barrabi was held at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility overnight until he can be arraigned by a district judge this morning.

The victim, whose name was not released, was transported to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for treatment.

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