1 charged with attempted homicide

Bratton Township man charged after stabbing and strangling person Wednesday

McVEYTOWN — A 38-year-old Bratton Township man was charged Wednesday night with attempted homicide and other related charges after stabbing one person and using rope to strangle the accuser, according to court documents.

Court documents state that Matthew R. Dunmire, having returned to his residence intoxicated late Tuesday night, was “in a rage” early Wednesday morning, after being awakened by a crying baby. The accuser told police that Dunmire told the accuser to commit suicide before attacking the accuser with a knife that the accuser kept on a nightstand. The accuser reported feeling numbness in one arm and seeing blood before Dunmire took a rope and put it around the accuser’s neck, causing the accuser to lose consciousness, according to court documents.

Police said the next thing the accuser remembered was the accuser’s children screaming to wake up, then being driven to and dropped off at Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital Emergency Department by Dunmire’s stepfather, according to court documents.

Documents state that police observed two stab wounds on the accuser’s left arm. Police also reported observing red marks around the accuser’s neck, under the chin, near the ears then around the back of the neck.

The accuser was transferred to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, having been advised by the ER doctor that the injured arm may be lost without surgery.

Police said they observed several spots of blood on the kitchen floor of the Bratton Township residence where the incident took place. Dunmire was taken into custody approximately five-and-a-half hours after the initial complaint was reported, court documents state.

Police said Dunmire agreed to an interview, during which he denied being intoxicated Tuesday night, that the accuser woke him asking for money and further alleged the accuser’s injuries were self-inflicted. Dunmire told police his fingerprints were on the knife because he had picked it up and that he did not see the accuser do anything with a rope. Police reported observing blood on Dunmire’s shoes and pants.

A search warrant for the residence resulted in recovering the knife and rope. Dunmire’s clothes were seized and placed into evidence, pursuant with another warrant, according to court documents.

Dunmire faces a total of 10 criminal counts, including attempted homicide, aggravated assault, strangulation, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. Dunmire was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Kent Smith and committed to Mifflin County Correctional Facility, unable to post the $1 million bail set. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 19.

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