Teen charged as an adult related to sword stabbing

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — A teenager from Plains Township was charged as an adult over the weekend after she allegedly stabbed a man with a sword inside a Scott Street residence.

City police allege Brittany Caruthers, 17, of Delaware Street, stabbed Travis Horst in the abdomen early Sunday morning.

Horst claimed Caruthers became upset when he asked her and two men to leave his residence.

Police said they also charged John Deleman, 26, of Nanticoke, with interfering as an officer was medically treating Horst and Nicholas Space, 24, of Jenkins Township, and Michael Sakoski, 26, of Wilkes-Barre, with refusing to leave the house.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police responded to an apartment at 387 Scott St. at about 12:37 a.m. Sunday on a report several people refused to leave the residence.

An officer observed a broken window and spotted two swords on a table and Caruthers scrambling inside a living room. One of the swords had blood several inches up on the blade.

Horst was heard inside the apartment screaming and begging for help.

Caruthers, Deleman, Space and Sakoski exited the apartment and were told by officers not to leave.

Police allege Caruthers, Space and Sakoski attempted to get into a vehicle and leave the scene but were told again not to leave as they were involved in an investigation.

Police found Horst lying on a bathroom floor bleeding from his abdomen. Horst allegedly told police “Kitty stabbed me.”

As an officer was medically treating Horst, police allege Deleman interfered with the officer and was told several times to stay outside.

Police allege Caruthers gave a false name and identified herself as “Kitty.”

When Horst was removed from the apartment by paramedics, he allegedly pointed to Caruthers saying she stabbed him.

Horst told police Caruthers became upset when he asked her, Space and Sakoski to leave his apartment. He alleged Caruthers grabbed two swords and came at him with a sword in each of her hands when he was stabbed, the complaint says.

Police said they allegedly found bag inside Caruthers purse containing a straw, a vial and powdery residence she claimed was molly, a drug commonly known as ecstasy.

Caruthers was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, false identification to law enforcement, defiant trespass and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arraigned by District Judge David Barilla in Forty Fort and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $20,000 bail.


By Ed Lewis

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