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Whitehall man charged in stabbing of another with machete

Thursday, September 15, 2016 by MARK RECCEK Special to The Press in Police Log

A Whitehall Township man has been charged in the alleged stabbing of another man with a machete Sept. 4 at Sheetz, 5001 MacArthur Road, Whitehall.

According to the affidavit of probable cause obtained from District Magistrate Robert Halal’s office, Michael Allen Farber, 19, has been charged with the felony of aggravated assault.

Police responded to a stabbing 9:26 p.m. at the gas station. When police arrived at the scene, they found Jonathan Regits, no age and residence provided, bleeding profusely from his left hand, the affidavit said.

Regits told police Farber pulled into the Sheetz parking lot and struck a pole. After exiting the Sheetz store, Farber entered the pick-up truck he was driving, backed out of the parking space and struck an individual with the driver-side mirror, the affidavit said.

Regits told police he shouted at Farber, who said he would return later. Farber later returned to the Sheetz parking lot, exited the truck with a machete in a sheath.

The affidavit said Farber removed the sheath from the machete and swung the machete at Regits. Farber then returned to the truck and fled the scene.

A description of the vehicle and the license plate number were broadcast to all local police units. According to the affidavit, shortly after the incident, Coplay Borough Police conducted a traffic stop on a GMC Sierra at Front and Hokendauqua streets. Farber, the driver and a passenger were detained, the affidavit also said.

Regits was transported to a local hospital for treatment, the affidavit said.

According to court documents, bail was set at $50,000, which Farber posted.