Police: York City man stabbed boyfriend multiple times

A York City man is accused of stabbing his boyfriend multiple times before choking him, according to police.

Fernando "Frankie" Sanchez Joynes, 34, allegedly stabbed his boyfriend when he believed he was a prostitute, charging documents allege.

The other man was sent to York Hospital with multiple stab wounds, according to officials.

Joynes, of the 600 block of West Clarke Avenue, is charged with aggravated assault and strangulation.

Fernando Joynes

Argument: York City Police say the two were arguing at Joynes' home around noon Thursday, Jan. 18, when Joynes said he thought his boyfriend was a prostitute, causing him to get upset.

Joynes took a knife from a bag in the bedroom, came back into the living room and pushed his boyfriend over the couch, charging documents allege.

The other man was on the ground, police said, and Joynes stabbed him three times in the lower left leg. The victim managed to push Joynes off him, but Joynes was able to push him up against the window and choke him, charging documents allege.

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"(His boyfriend) told me that several times through this altercation Joynes stated that he intended to kill (him)," Officer Clayton Swartz wrote in court documents.

Police spoke to Joynes, who told them his boyfriend attacked him and that he was attempting to get the knife from the other man when he stabbed him in the leg, according to officials. 

Joynes said he also choked him in an attempt to disarm him, police said.


According to charging documents, the boyfriend had a stab wound on his lower left leg that was "gaping" at about 2 inches long. He also had smaller wounds in the same location and a laceration on the left side of his face and the back of his neck, police said.

Red marks were visible on his neck around his jaw line, court documents allege.

Charges were filed Thursday, and Joynes was arraigned on them that day. He remains in York County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail. He does not have an attorney listed.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 1 at District Judge James Morgan's office.

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