The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

April 23, 2013

Suspect jailed in attempted homicide

By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer

FARRELL — Arthur “Corky” Pate III was arrested Monday for stabbing Darryl Cleveland in the chest twice April 11 in Farrell.

Southwest Mercer County Regional police charged Pate, 44, of 220 Wallis Ave., Farrell, with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, prohibited offensive weapon and possessing an instrument of crime.

Pate was arraigned by District Judge Dennis M. Songer, Sharon, and taken to jail after failing to post $100,000 bond and a detainer from Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole.

A preliminary hearing was set for 1:15 p.m. May 2 before District Judge Ronald E. Antos, Farrell.

Sharon police initially were called after an ambulance was requested at 11:39 p.m. in the 600 block of Prindle Street. Cleveland, 46, of 1227 Negley Ave., Farrell, was taken to a regional hospital, and Sharon police determined the stabbing occurred in Farrell and passed on the information and evidence it had collected to Southwest.

Cleveland underwent surgery and Southwest police were unable to interview him for a few days because he was on a ventilator, police said. Hospital personnel removed a piece of the knife from Cleveland’s chest, police said.

On April 16, Cleveland told an investigator that he was parked in the 800 block of Roemer Boulevard, got out of his car and said, “What’s up” to Pate, police said.

Pate replied with a sarcastic remark, threatened to stab Cleveland, and then did so, twice, in the chest, police said.

Cleveland identified Pate from a photographic lineup, and surveillance video from a business captured the attack, police said.

Referring to the allegation that he stabbed Cleveland twice, Pate told Songer, “That’s false.”

Songer cut off Pate, saying that a policeman and a reporter were present and that anything he said could be used in prosecuting him or might show up in the newspaper.

Pate also asked about self-defense, and Songer told him he would have to talk that over with his attorney.