Man faces charges in alleged stabbing

Mount Union man accused of stabbing brother

KISTLER — A Mount Union man was arrested and is being charged after allegedly stabbing his brother in the leg.

Travis J. Skipper, 31, was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan W. Reed on Saturday and is being held in Mifflin County Correctional Facility in lieu of $75,000 cash bail.

According to court documents, state police arrived at a Kistler Borough residence about 2:30 a.m. Saturday where they met Skipper and another man who were standing on the porch. Both individuals stated that they weren’t sure what happened other than that the victim, 27-year-old Dustin Skipper, was bleeding from his leg.

Police said Dustin Skipper was laying on the couch and was bleeding from his right leg. Dustin Skipper said he had a knife in his pocket while he was “wrestling around with his brother.” Skipper said the knife fell out while they were wrestling and that his brother picked it up and stuck him in the leg with it.

Dustin Skipper was transported to the hospital for treatment because emergency responders were unable to control the bleeding. Court documents indicate that he had to undergo a blood transfusion as a result of the incident.

According to court documents, Travis Skipper said the knife flipped open while the two were wrestling and it stuck his brother in the leg, but that he didn’t mean to hurt him. Travis Skipper was then taken into custody.

Skipper is being charged with aggravated assault, a felony to the second degree, and simply assault, a misdemeanor to the third degree.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 22.