STROUD TOWNSHIP — Police say a fight over a girl led to a stabbing Tuesday night outside the Stroud Mall in Monroe County.
Officers are still looking for the suspect.
Police say Aaron Hernandez, 21, of Stroudsburg stabbed an 18-year old outside the Stroud Mall around 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Hernandez took off after the incident, and is still on the run.
The incident is leaving some mall shoppers rather surprised and shocked.
“It’s very scary, it’s so scary because it’s usually such a safe place up here,” said Betty Ioannidis of Delaware Water Gap.
“It’s not really something that we hear often here. We’re from New York. that Wouldn’t surprise us from there, but not here,” said Tiffany Diaz of Long Pond.
Police say Hernandez ran, and is still on the loose.
The stabbing stemmed from an alleged argument over a girl, but officers say those shopping in the mall were never in danger.
“Our first thing upon arrival is to make sure a bad situation doesn’t get worse and the officers did just that,” said Stroud Area Regional Police Captain Brian Kimmins.
Police believe the stabbing that happened right here outside the Stroud Mall is an isolated incident, but still some shoppers say they’ll be taking extra precaution.
“Kind of, I mean I wouldn’t want to come here alone. I’d be OK if I was with an adult,” said 12-year-old Hannah Almanzar.
The stabbing scared 12-year-old Hannah, but her mom Shannon says it won’t keep them from shopping here.
“I feel like that kind of thing can happen anywhere. It’s not going to keep me from coming to the mall,” said Shannon Almanzar of Bangor.
Stroud Area Regional police say this stabbing may be gang related, but that shoppers shouldn’t shy away from the Stroud Mall and that the area is safe.
“As we’ve always said, the more people you have the more problems you are going to have. It just goes with the territory,” said Captain Kimmins.
Some still believe this stabbing is a wake-up call.
“It does remind us that we need to be mindful that anything can happen anywhere, and we’re not isolated because we’re in the Poconos,” said Diaz.
Hernandez is facing charges of aggravated assault, along with several others
Stroud Area Regional Police are asking anyone with information on Hernandez’s whereabouts to give them a call.