ETTERS, Pa. (WHTM) – Police say they plan to charge a man accused of stabbing his former employer, but not the man who stabbed the alleged attacker.
Jose I. Armas, 51, faces aggravated assault and other charges stemming from the incident Thursday night in the 500 block of Salem Road, according to Fairview Township police.
Armas is accused of stabbing 72-year-old George Sgagias, his former employer, as Sgagias and another employee were helping Armas move back to York, police said in a news release Friday.
Armas asked Sgagias to help him move some bags to his car, then assaulted his former boss, knocked him to the ground, and attempted use a knife on him, police said.
Sgagias’s employee, Herbert Ritter, tried to stop Armas by grabbing the knife blade. In the struggle, police said Ritter pulled his own folding knife and stabbed Armas in the stomach. Armas let go of his knife and stopped fighting, and Ritter and Sgagias called 911.
Armas was taken to York Hospital where he underwent surgery.
Ritter was treated at Harrisburg Hospital for cuts to his right hand and abrasions on his neck and arms from the struggle. Sgagias received only minor injuries and did not require medical attention.
Police said Ritter will not be charged because he acted in self-defense.