Update: One in Hospital, One Arrested After Stabbing

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SWOYERSVILLE -- We're learning more about a stabbing in Luzerne County that put one man in the hospital, and another man in custody.

The stabbing happened around 8:20 p.m. Saturday in Swoyersville.

Officers were called to a home in the 900 block of Main Street.

They found John DaSilva, 51, with a stab wound to his chest.

DaSilva said he was stabbed by his roommate, Richard O'Donnell, 48.

O'Donnell is locked up in the Luzerne County jail on assault and other charges.

Officers said DaSilva was taken to the hospital. His injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

Investigators said the two men were arguing on the porch of the home before the stabbing.


  • Janelle Marie

    Hi,my name is Janelle im the neice of The man that was stabbed in swoyersville he’s my uncle his name is John DaSilva 51y/o.The man that was taken into custody was a man named Richard O’Donnell. My uncle john is a disabled man that let Richard stay with him for awhile but Richard is an alcoholic and gets very mean when he drinks or when he dosent have anything to drink and that was the case my uncle no longer wanted him to stay there anymore so he locked the door..rick kept knocking and john let him in as he let him in that’s when he was stabbed.Sad situation.. just want to say thanks to wnep because I saw the story on your newscast this morning.Maybe you can now say this on a future story if u have one about this story again.Happy Holiday’s -Janelle R. PSS-Richard O’Donnell is being charged with 3 different things the swoyersville police told us.And John will be in the geisinger hospital today and overnight.Just so I can say this my uncle did call the cops on Richard 1other time this week before this all happened the reason was because Richard was threatening Johnny’s life and has been all week.the police didn’t do anything because of ricks past with the police also thought Richard lives there which he does not know if they would’ve made him leave that day this never would have happened.Thanks newswatch16 crew.

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