Elderly Man Locked Up After Stabbing in Sunbury

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SUNBURY -- An elderly man is behind bars after police say he attacked one of his roommates with a knife at a home in Sunbury on Sunday.

"When I seen all that blood, I couldn't believe it. I was shocked."

That's how a witness described seeing Howard Shuey after an attack Sunday morning left him bloody. He was taken to the hospital for stab wounds to the neck and head.

Shuey was released from the hospital early Sunday afternoon. He tells Newswatch 16 he was getting ready to start his day with a coffee when all of a sudden, a roommate started stabbing him at his home on North Seventh Street.

"I was up at my room and I opened my door up to see who was there and when I opened up this man just came in there and started stabbing with a knife, saying I stole his food. And I didn't steal nobody's food. I think he came out of a psycho ward or something because he came at me with a knife," Shuey said.

"When I came up the top of the steps, he had a knife in his hands. He was actually just backing up from just getting done stabbing the other tenant," said landlord Donald Heilig.

Police arrested William Bickel, 79, after the attack. Heilig told Newswatch 16 he gave Bickel a place to stay just a couple of days ago.

Brenda Snyder also lives there. She came to Shuey's assistance after hearing him cry for help.

"I heard him saying, 'Brenda, help me, help me, help me. I opened the door up and there he stood, blood all over his hands," Snyder said.

Sunbury police say Bickel attacked Shuey, claiming that he stole his money and food. According to court papers, Bickel later told investigators, "I should have killed him."

"He's the most sweetest person. He loves God with all his heart and soul and he would never hurt nobody," Snyder said.

Heilig owns the home. He says that he's been leasing rooms to tenants for years. Neighbors say this isn't the first incident at the house. They've noticed suspicious activity here before.

"His house always has cops for stupid stuff like this. Drugs, stabbings, people getting beat up in there. All kinds of stuff. He needs to stop," said neighbor Tiffany Bashore.

Bickel is locked up in Centre County. He has been charged with aggravated assault.


  • Horsechugger

    That Denny Barker guy used to roam Mount Carmel and follow children. He was a very bold pedo roamer and the adults still looked the other way. It’s a sick area that harbors these horny sex criminals

  • berrios

    Northumberland county is becoming a joke just like the skook has. Whats going on over there. murders, pedos , blighted buildings, stabbings, drugs seem to be everywhere. its getting like Shenandoah, Mahanoy city, ash-land or tamaqua areas, Then there is the sad case of hazleton!

  • john williams

    The reason he rents rooms out is because he lives on social security and he doesnt get enough from that to pay his property taxes. He “owns” his home, but does he really if he can lose it due to never ending taxes? Property taxes should be eliminated for all individuals who have retired and taken SS Benefits. they paid into the system all their lives one way or another. Enough is enough!

  • Grim

    I’m willing to bet the landlord is the one who stole the money and food! Quite a business this guy has going on along with selling Brenda to the other tenants!

  • Louis

    I wonder if this guy has permits to be renting rooms out like this? Sounds to me like someone should use a little old Jewish lightning and get rid of the blight! If the fellow was released from the hospital the same day the wounds must’ve been superficial!

  • 🚬

    Geez that he/she lady at the end of the interview.. looked like she just got done smoking some crack! Those people who got interviewed certainly are special! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • warningfakenews

    “His house always has cops for stupid stuff like this. Drugs, stabbings, people getting beat up in there. All kinds of stuff.”

    It’s good that the cops still come out for stupid stuff like this.

  • 😠

    Sunbury is a joke anymore! My boyfriend and I live a couple houses down and heard everything. Shit is crazy! Thank god we are moving to Selinsgrove next week.. before are son is born in December! I will not raise my child in a shitty town.. and he will not go to a shitty “Shik” school!

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