The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 12, 2013

Suspect jailed in Sunbury home invasion and stabbing case

By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item

— SUNBURY — A city man at large for four days after an alleged home invasion and stabbing surrendered to city police at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, but officers wonder whether others were involved in the Sunday morning scuffle.

Joseph Rice, 23, of 634 Susquehanna Ave., arrived at the Sunbury Police Department after officers said he was involved in the fight in the 1100 block of Susquehanna Avenue that resulted in the stabbing of Darryl Troup, who suffered gashes in both knees that required four staples to close.

Rice was arraigned by video before Shamokin District Judge John Gembic on Thursday because Sunbury District Judge Ben Apfelbaum is on vacation.

Rice was then jailed in Northumberland County Prison in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.

The incident began Saturday night, according to police, when Rice began calling the Troup residence and was not making any sense. Troup told Rice to quit calling, police said.

When Rice called again, Troup told him to come over to the house if he had a problem, according to police.

When Rice appeared in the backyard, Troup saw he had a silver folding knife in his right hand, according to court documents.

Elyse Rice — the daughter of the late Carl Rice, a longtime Sunbury district judge; the granddaughter of former Sunbury Mayor Jesse Woodring and the niece of Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Rosini — was in the house and went to the yard to calm down Joseph Rice and have him leave, police said.

Joseph Rice pushed past Elyse Rice — the mother of his child — and ran into the residence, where the fight took place, court documents said.

A few minutes later, Joseph Rice left the home and Troup noticed his knees were bleeding from being stabbed, court documents stated.

Troup went to Sunbury Community Hospital, where he received three staples in his left knee and one in his right knee to close the wounds.

Troup told police that Joseph Rice continued to call him while he was at the hospital. When Troup returned home from being treated for his injuries, Joseph Rice was standing in the middle of Julia Street with a tire iron in his left hand and another object in his right hand, and yelling, court documents said. He then left.

After interviewing those involved, Sunbury Police Chief Steve Mazzeo said he is concerned.

“This is an ongoing investigation and the information we are receiving is very alarming to us,” he said. “The information we are receiving shows there are more people involved and this situation is very serious and we will continue to investigate.”

Joseph Rice is charged with four felony charges including, burglary, two counts of aggravated assault and a criminal trespass as well as several misdemeanor offenses. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday before Apfelbaum.

Rosini said he would recuse himself from prosecuting the case involving his niece’s boyfriend.

“Now that charges are filed,” he said, “I will be requesting the attorney general to prosecute the case.”