Philipsburg man arrested in alleged drug-related stabbing

A Philipsburg man was arrested Saturday after an alleged drug-related stabbing.

According to the criminal complaint filed by State College police, officers responded to a call Saturday for a stabbing at an apartment off the 800 block of Southgate Drive. Officers found a male at the address with two wounds on his back.

According to the man’s sister, he had been stabbed by her boyfriend, Joseph Morbeto, 26, the complaint said. The woman said she lived in the apartment with Morbeto, and had reportedly discovered heroin in his clothes. The woman said she flushed the drugs down the toilet.

When Morbeto awoke Saturday morning, the complaint said, he began fighting with the woman when he discovered the heroin was gone. The fight continued into the living room where the woman’s brother and mother were sleeping.

The brother tried to restrain Morbeto from hitting his sister, the complaint said, grabbing him in a face-to-face bear hug. At that point, the brother said he felt pain in his back and realized he’d been stabbed.

Morbeto then left the scene, and the brother was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center for treatment.

Morbeto was stopped by state police in Philipsburg and taken to the State College police station to be interviewed, the complaint said.

During the interview, Morbeto allegedly said he was still high on heroin when he woke up that morning and became angry when he discovered his stash was gone, the complaint said. He said he stabbed the brother in the heat of the struggle.

Morbeto disposed of the knife in a wooded area, the complaint said. Police recovered a 7.8-inch knife in the area he had reportedly thrown it away.

Morbeto was arraigned before District Judge Steven Lachman and charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault. Lachman set bail at $200,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews