The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 16, 2013

Stabbing suspect's arraignment delayed

By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item

— SUNBURY — A city man who remained at large for four days after an alleged home invasion that ended in a fight leaving another man with stab wounds was to appear in court Tuesday, but those proceedings were postponed.

Joseph Rice, 23, of 634 Susquehanna Ave., was to appear for a preliminary arraignment in front of District Judge Ben Apfelbaum.

Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Rosini already has recused his office from prosecuting the case because it involves the boyfriend of his niece. Rosini said the attorney general’s office will prosecute the case. No new date has been set.

Rice turned himself in after police said he was involved in a scuffle in the 1100 block of Susquehanna Avenue that turned into a stabbing, leaving Darryl Troup with gashes in both knees that required four staples to close. The suspect is being held in the Northumberland County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.

The incident began July 7 when Rice began calling Troup, police said. The defendant then appeared in the back yard of the Troup home, where Troup could see he had a silver folding knife in his right hand, according to court documents.

Elyse Rice, daughter of late Carl Rice, who was a longtime Sunbury district judge, and niece of Tony Rosini, was in the home and went to the yard to calm down Joseph Rice and have him leave, police said.

Joseph Rice, who is the father of a child with Elyse Rice, pushed past the woman and ran into the home where the fight took place, court documents said. 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, according to court documents.

When Troup returned home from the hospital, 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 while yelling before fleeing the area, court documents said.

Joseph Rice is charged with four felonies — burglary, two counts of aggravated assault and criminal trespass — as well as several misdemeanor offenses.