UPDATE: Neighbor Dispute Leads to Homicide

WILKES-BARRE —  Police say they have the man responsible for a homicide in Wilkes-Barre.

Police believe the deadly stabbing in Wilkes-Barre started with a fight inside an apartment.

A search warrant for the apartment house on South Hancock Street says a stabbing happened inside around 10 p.m. Monday.

The coroner’s office says Charles Edmonds, 27, was rushed to a hospital where he later died.

Wilkes-Barre police filed a single charge of criminal homicide against Al-Tariq Peterkin.al-tariq peterkin homicide mug

Peterkin, 31, is locked up in the Luzerne County Jail as the first homicide suspect of 2014 in the Diamond City.

After Edmonds was taken away in an ambulance Monday night, court records say people in the first floor apartment where the stabbing happened refused to open the door.

“I just moved here month and a half ago. This is terrible.”

A neighbor does not want to show her face or share her name after hearing an argument that turned deadly inside her apartment house in Wilkes-Barre.

“But thank God my kids have the whole third floor so they were sleeping. It was right underneath me and not them.”

The Luzerne County coroner’s office says Charles Edmonds was rushed to the hospital where he died. His downstairs neighbor Al-Tariq Peterkin was charged with homicide.

Police say he and two women refused to open the door for officers.

After obtaining a search warrant, authorities say they found a kitchen knife hidden in a wall in the apartment.

“I walk out my door and the man’s blood is right there. It’s creepy.”

Tyler Griffin walks by the apartment house often and says his parents are cracking down because of the crime.

“They tell me not to be out. I really don’t go out. Everyone else can have their fun. My fun is staying home,” Griffin said.

Jon Shafer can see the apartment house from his front porch.  He says his family is upset that the first homicide of 2014 in Wilkes-Barre happened next door.

“It’s bound to happen. A city of this size, it’s going to happen.”

“Plan on moving,” said Alena Cruz. “Because it’s too horrible around here, too many homicides.”

21 comments

  • mona

    RIP CHUCK….. ur were a great uncle to Ashliegh and Ashton… may ur soul sleep in peace regardless of the ignorant comments which folks are posting….. Charles Edmonds was a Good Guy, not perfect, because no man is….. His Family and friends are Grieving i just hope folks will give the same respect they would want in a tragic situation such as this……RIP Uncle Chuck……

  • Leroy Jenkins

    All involved parties were probably tired and edgy from a long day of work and contributing to society.

  • Ted

    As usuall this happened in the down valley area of greater WB.
    If I go by that area its only to pass thru.
    By & large I stay out of there.

  • Kevin K

    Doesn’t sound like anyone is making fun of a death. Sounds like people are angry that Wilkes Barre has become such a crime magnet that you hear about shootings and stabbings almost daily. The man’s death was senseless and unnecessary seems to the feelings of most.

  • Tori Matthews

    To all that r making fun of my uncles death please show sime respect to my fam and his friends please let him rest in peace thank u

  • Bee

    He was my friend from queens a gentle giant he did not deserve to be stabbed like that over some b.s. R.i.p. Chuck gone not forgotten

  • LOLAD

    MY friend lost his life for nothing its so sad how ppl don’t value LIFE
    R.I.P CHUCK I love u u will never b forgotten

  • COCO

    FIRST OFF THIS MAN WAS MY FRIEND HE BOTHERED NO ONE AND FOR ALL UR INFORMATION IT WAS NOT DRUG RELATED THANK YOU VERY MUCH. SOME OF YOU ALL PEOPLE DONT KNOW WHAT TO SAY WHEN PEOPLE ARE GRIEVING BEHIND THIS LIKE COME ON NOW GROW UP AND BE ADULTS U GUYS ACTING LIKE TEENAGERS

  • Joe Schmoe

    Uh oh! Is this the landlords fault again? Punish that landlord for not sitting outside his unit and babysitting his tenants 24/7!!! It’s a sad thing. Guy was just probably trying to sleep while his ghetto neighbors partied it up below him.

    • Randy

      Dear Joe, I feel to see any humor in this article you posted, a man is dead, I know I didn’t know the man, but I don’t think this was a proper comment for this situation, his family, his children really don’t need to read this any time soon,

      • Tim

        That house was like a McDonalds drive through. Cars constantly coming and going. No doubt drug related.

      • Kevin K

        Randy, you may have felt Joes post in poor taste but, sadly they are probably true. Unless, you’ve lived in Wilkes Barre within the past few years you wouldn’t believe the decay. It’s not called “little Philly ” for nothing.

    • Kevin K

      Very few people want to get involved with drug dealers, you end up dead. Wilkes Barre has become a slum town and as long as taxes are getting paidno cares about the crime coming in from out of town. They’ve forced decent people who can afford to move to leave. All that’s left are scumbags and those forced to live among them. Condolences to the dead man’s family.

    • SS

      @Kevin, given where I am from, I know this all too well, as I said, we eventually moved as well. You’re right for the most part. One poor woman who was very active in trying to clean up her neighborhood was shot in her livingroom thru the window while watching TV. A young mother trying to clean up “the hood” for her kids. Anonymous tips go a long way if one is persistent. Eventually the do get caught, but are never held long enough to make any difference. Half the time the landlord ends up keeping them as tenents. The only difference between the city and NEPA is the color of the ghetto. The ghetto comes in all colors, shapes, and sizes. Can you imagine high rise apartment complexes comprised to 10-30 buildings? With this sort of thing going on?! Horrible.

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