PITTSTON — A Lehighton man arrested on charges he stabbed another man claimed he was under the influence of methamphetamine and spiders were all over him, according to court papers.
City police said they found Kevin Michael Hegarty, 36, hiding under a trailer along North Main Street just after 6 a.m. Sunday.
Police were searching for Hegarty after allegedly finding a bloody Stoney Hayes in the area of 33 Chapel St. Hayes allegedly told police Hegarty stabbed him during a scuffle inside his residence.
When Hegarty was arrested, he swung his arms telling an officer spiders were all over him and “get off me spiders,” according to the criminal complaint.
Hegarty screamed he was high on meth and spiders were crawling up and down his back and he wanted to kill the spiders, the complaint says.
Police said Hegarty was treated at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township.
Hayes told police he awoke and used a bathroom. When he went back to bed, Hayes said Hegarty threw a bed frame through his bedroom door yelling “they’re in my closet,” the complaint says.
Hayes claimed he tackled Hegarty telling him to calm down. Hegarty told Hayes to check his closet because “they are inside.” Hayes checked a bedroom where Hegarty was staying seeing no one. When Hayes returned to his bedroom, he claimed Hegarty grabbed a knife and charged at him, allegedly stabbing Hayes several times, the complaint says.
Hayes allegedly told police he grabbed a handgun, aimed it at Hegarty and did not remember if he discharged a round. Hayes said he locked the handgun in his truck and tossed the keys and began yelling for help.
Hayes was treated at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township, police said.
Hegarty was found hiding under the trailer holding a pocket knife covered in blood, the complaint says.
After Hegarty was placed in the rear seat of a police cruiser, he allegedly kicked and damaged the door.
Hegarty was charged with simple assault, possessing instruments of crime, resisting arrest and institutional vandalism. He was arraigned by District Judge James Haggerty in Kingston and remained jailed Monday at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $20,000 bail.