2 injured in State College stabbing, 3 Penn State students facing charges

bmilazzo@centredaily.comApril 12, 2014 

Three Penn State students were charged early Saturday morning in connection with a stabbing in downtown State College.

Brandon D. Frick, 21, a student at the Altoona campus, was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, possession of instrument of crime and recklessly endangering.

Robert W. Donaldson, 22, and William D. Stranburg, 21, were each charged with terroristic threats, possession of instrument of crime and recklessly endangering.

State College police said that at 2:42 a.m., officers were dispatched to 220 E. Foster Ave. for a report that an individual had been stabbed and injured.

Upon arrival, officers found that two 22-year-old men had suffered injuries to their backs from what appeared to have been a knife or other edged weapon, according to a police report.

One of the victims had a stab wound, and the other a minor incision and an injury to his face. Both men are college students from other campuses who were visiting for the weekend, police said.

Upon further investigation, officers found that the two victims went to the residence to visit a female friend. They went to the third floor of the residence and were met at the door by several men who told the victims to leave, police said.

One of the victims attempted to call the female friend, at which time three men came out of the residence, each armed with what the victims reported as knives, police said.

The two victims turned and began to run down the steps toward the front door, the police report said.

As the victims attempted to flee, the male suspects allegedly stabbed and slashed at the victims.

One victim was stabbed in the middle of his back, while the other suffered a cut around his right shoulder blade and had a bruised left eye, police said.

One victim was taken to the Mount Nittany Medical Center and later flown to UPMC Altoona for treatment of the knife injury, according to police. The other victim was also taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center and received treatment there for his injuries, police said.

Both victims were treated and released from the hospital by Saturday afternoon.

Donaldson and Stranburg were each arraigned before District Judge Steven Lachman and released on $2,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing will be held Wednesday for each.

Frick was arraigned before Lachman and placed in the Centre County Prison on $10,000 straight bail. Frick’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, as well.

Britney Milazzo can be reached at 231-4648. Follow her on Twitter @M11azzo.

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