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Teenager charged as adult in stabbing

Tyrone 17-year-old allegedly stabbed victim three times

UPMC Altoona is treating a man for a potentially punctured spleen after he was stabbed three times by a teenager, court documents state.

Joshua T. Riggleman, 17, was charged as an adult and arraigned Wednesday by Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner on charges including felony counts of attempted homicide and aggravated assault, according to court documents.

When police arrived at the scene near the 600 block of Washington Avenue, Riggleman approached the officers and said, “I just had to stab him,” police reported.

The victim, who lived at the residence with Riggleman’s family, was transported to UPMC Altoona, where staff said he had three stab wounds and might have a punctured spleen, a criminal complaint stated.

Police questioned two juveniles at the scene, including one of Riggleman’s relatives.

The relative told police the victim went to Riggleman’s bedroom after hearing a commotion, and an argument ensued, during which another juvenile was told to leave the house, police reported.

After the argument, the victim left the house briefly and Riggleman allegedly locked the doors, telling the relative he would kill the victim if he came back, court documents stated.

When the victim returned, he first tried to enter through the back door, then pushed his way through the front door, police reported.

Riggleman allegedly stabbed the victim in the back as he was entering through the front door, a criminal complaint stated.

Another juvenile witness told police she was in Riggleman’s bedroom when Riggleman and the victim initially argued, court documents stated.

The victim allegedly grabbed Riggleman under the chin during the argument, before Riggleman put the victim in a chokehold, police reported.

Riggleman later told police the victim held a gun to his head and strangled him, but witness accounts didn’t corroborate his statements, nor did they mention the involvement of firearms and a medical examination did not provide evidence of strangulation, court documents stated.

Another relative who lives at the address told police the victim and Riggleman have had issues in the past, police reported.

Unable to post his $300,000 cash bail, Riggleman is jailed at the Blair County Prison, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled with Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller for May 25, court documents stated.

Mirror Staff Writer Ike Fredregill is at 814-946-7458.

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