Man Stabbed on Sidewalk in Wilkes-Barre; Suspect on the Run

WILKES-BARRE --- A stabbing in Wilkes-Barre has one man in the hospital and a suspect on the run.

Surveillance video from Ali Baba’s Lounge on South Main Street in Wilkes-Barre showed a vicious fight on the sidewalk early Thanksgiving morning.

According to police, a 23-year-old man, who had just come out of a nearby pub, tried to stop the fight and got stabbed.

“Once the police detail arrived on scene everyone involved in the altercation ran off and they noticed there was a victim and called medics immediately and essentially saved this guy’s life,” General Manager of Ali Baba Lounge Ali Abualburak said.

Police officers on detail by the Ali Baba Lounge broke up the fight. Witnesses and surveillance video helped police identify the suspect as James Kearns.

“Our surveillance system was used to identify the suspect, they have a name of a suspect now they're looking for. If it wasn't for our HD surveillance system then that probably won't have happened,” Abualburak said.

While the fight did not involve Ali Baba’s, the general manager of the lounge said he is sorry to hear a customer of another bar was hurt.

“Our surveillance video, our security team and our police detail were able to help this guy in his time of need and hopefully he makes a speedy recovery,” Abualburak said.

Police say the suspect in this stabbing, 26-year-old James Kearns left as soon as officers showed up.  A warrant for his arrest has been issued.

Anyone who has information about where he might be is asked to contact the Wilkes-Barre Police Department.

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