Man charged in alleged assault on salvage yard worker: police

Anthony Maenza
York Dispatch

A man was charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly stabbed and slashed a man several times Sunday at a York County salvage yard during a reported theft attempt. 

Dale Wallace Martin Jr., 29, is accused of injuring a 64-year-old man with a pocket knife. The man was an employee at J&K Salvage in Spring Garden Township. 

Dale Wallace Martin Jr.

According to the township police, officers responded to the salvage yard, located in 1000 block of Kings Mill Road,  around 6:45 a.m. Sunday. 

Martin was wearing a J&K Salvage uniform when the other man made contact with him, police said. The report said the victim asked Martin who he was and where he worked.  At that time, Martin suddenly pulled a folding knife and stabbed/slashed at the man several times.   

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Investigators later determined that the uniform Martin was wearing during the attack had been stolen from the business, according to police. 

A fellow J&K employee who witnessed the attack intervened, prompting Martin to leave the area, police said. Officers later found Martin hiding on the salvage yard property and arrested him without further incident. 

The victim sustained minor injuries to his neck but refused treatment from EMS workers. 

Martin, of York City, was arraigned Sunday on the first-degree felony, as well as lesser charges of criminal trespass and theft by unlawful taking in the court of District Judge Jennifer Clancy. Martin was denied bail. 

A preliminary hearing in the case is set for Oct. 26.