Police: York City man used victim's knife in stabbing

Christopher Dornblaser
  • A York City man is accused of stabbing another man late last month.
  • Police say Angel Mendoza, 21, hit the victim, took his knife and stabbed him with it.
  • Mendoza has not been arraigned on the charges as of Friday.

Police say a York City man stabbed another man after an argument late last month.

Angel Martin Mendoza, 21, of 660 W. Market St., Apt. 2, is facing charges of aggravated assault and simple assault, according to a criminal complaint filed Feb. 10.

York City Police said Mendoza and another man had been arguing over the price of a guitar the other man wanted to buy back from Mendoza shortly before the stabbing happened.

Allegations: According to court documents, Mendoza and the man had come to an agreement for the man to buy his guitar back from Mendoza for $120.

Then, police said, Mendoza upped the price to $350.

The two argued over the phone, and the buyer decided to go to Mendoza's apartment to talk it over about 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27, according to charging documents.

When the man arrived at the house, Mendoza swung a baseball bat and hit the Plexiglas window on his door, according to police.

Mendoza opened the door, and the man told him he only wanted to talk to him, documents state. Mendoza then swung the bat at the other man, which prompted the man to show his knife handle, according to police.

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"Mendoza then dropped the bat and punched the victim in the head, causing the victim to fall to the ground," the officer wrote in charging documents. The man then placed his knife on the ground.

Police say Mendoza picked up the knife and stabbed the man in the left side of the chest.

"The victim then begged Mendoza to take him to the hospital, and Mendoza placed him in the victim's car to take him to (York Hospital)," the officer wrote in charging documents. On Monday, Lt. Troy Bankert, who supervises the York City detective bureau, said in an email that Mendoza drove the man to the hospital.

Bankert said the man reported the incident right away, but the investigation took another few weeks.

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Mendoza had not been arraigned on the charges as of Monday morning, according to online court records.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.