W-B Man Charged In ‘illegal Boarding House’ Stabbing

January 24, 2019

WILKES-BARRE — A city man was charged Thursday with stabbing a man in the shoulder during a dispute in what police described as an “illegal boarding house.”

Police say Travis D. Clark Sr., 41, of 428 S. Franklin St., stabbed Quientin Rone in the left shoulder shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Officers responding to the house at 312 Blackman St. found Rone holding down Clark’s arms in a bedroom doorway, with a folding knife in the area of Clark’s right hand, according to the complaint.

Police aimed a Taser at Clark and took him into custody without incident.

Clark, who had a nose bleed as a result of the struggle, was transported to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital along with Rone for treatment, police said.

At the hospital, Rone and his girlfriend told police that Clark had attacked without provocation, police said.

Clark, meanwhile, claimed that Rone had been “bullying” people about an issue concerning trash bags when he attacked Clark’s father and then Clark, prompting Clark to stab Rone in self-defense, according to the complaint.

But while Clark’s father said he had been in a confrontation with Rone prior to the stabbing, he did not have any injuries and told police he was not present to witness the altercation involving Clark, police said.

Another witness told police that Clark did not belong in residence, which police described as an “illegal boarding house with multiple residents.” Police say they found a bag of marijuana in the room where the altercation took place, but that they could not determine whose it was because of the housing arrangements.

Police charged Clark with felony counts of aggravated assault, a misdemeanor count of simple assault and summary count of harassment.

Magisterial District Judge Joseph D. Zola arraigned him on the charges Thursday morning and set bail at $35,000.

Clark was being held at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility with a preliminary hearing set for Feb. 5.

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