Man was acting erratically before he stabbed woman, witness says

Anthony Maenza
York Dispatch

A man charged with stabbing a 41-year-old woman last week in York City was said to be acting erratically before the incident happened.

According to court documents, Richard Walter Moore, 45, stabbed the woman in the back of her left leg around 1:30 p.m. Friday in the 500 block of West Market Street. The wound, police said, was bleeding heavily, and officers applied a tourniquet. The woman was taken to WellSpan York Hospital by ambulance to be treated.

York City Police identified Richard Walter Moore as a suspect in the stabbing of a woman last week through surveillance video.

A witness standing on the sidewalk saw a man walk by who was acting erratically and talking about stabbing someone and waving a knife around, police said. The man passed the witness and continued walking west on West Market Street.

The witness said that several seconds later he heard a woman scream and saw the man fleeing the area. The witness assisted the woman until police arrived.

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Police located a number of videos of the attacker fleeing the area, which helped develop Moore as a suspect, according to court documents. The witness identified Moore in a photo lineup as the stabber.

Moore was charged with aggravated assault and simple assault. He was arraigned Saturday before Judge Thomas Harteis. Bail was set at $50,000. Moore was taken to York County Prison after he was unable to make bail.

A preliminary hearing is set for March 24 before Judge Joel Toluba.