According to police reports, a 55-year-old man, identified as Christopher, has been arrested and charged with one count each of third-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, and possessing an instrument of crime after he fatally stabbed his 62-year-old neighbor, identified as Robert, multiple times in the chest in an incident reportedly stemming from a nearly two-year dispute over loud snoring.
The tragic incident unfolded last week. The police department received a 911 call around 6:34 p.m. on Monday, reporting a stabbing at a residence. The caller, who identified himself as Christopher, alerted the authorities to the situation. Upon arrival, first responders found Robert outside, roughly 50 feet from the home, with multiple stab wounds. He was rushed to the hospital, but unfortunately succumbed to his injuries. Christopher also received medical attention at the same hospital for a stab wound on his right thigh.
At the scene, officers recovered a large military-style knife and a cellphone on Christopher’s front porch. Additionally, they noticed a window screen near Christopher’s front door had been removed and discarded on the grass, with the corresponding window left open. Investigations by the authorities revealed that Christopher and Robert were known to the police due to their ongoing arguments. The feud, which included disagreements over Christopher’s loud snoring audible through the shared wall of their residences, reached its culmination when Robert approached Christopher’s house while he was having dinner.
According to the prosecutors, a verbal altercation ensued, during which Robert removed the screen from Christopher’s window. Following this confrontation, Christopher stabbed Robert several times with a military-style knife. In his police interview, Christopher described a tense interaction with Robert, claiming that Robert seemed to calm down by the end of their conversation and even offered money for Christopher’s nasal surgery. However, Christopher alleged that he did not trust Robert’s intentions when he approached the front door to shake hands, leading him to “surprise” Robert by stabbing him.
The autopsy on Robert confirmed the cause of death as multiple stab wounds to the chest, ruling it a homicide. Three days after the autopsy, Christopher was arrested and charged. Christopher’s arraignment was held in the county court of common pleas, where his bond was set at $1 million. His next court appearance is scheduled for January 29.