Norristown Woman Stabbed by Boyfriend in Corner Store on Saturday

A 53-year-old woman was transported to Einstein Medical Center Montgomery Saturday night for treatment of a stab wound to the stomach.

According to reports from the Norristown Police Department, a Norristown woman was transported from a corner store in the West End to Einstein Medical Center Montgomery on Saturday, after she was allegedly stabbed in the stomach by her boyfriend.

Police responded to Adelita's Mexican Market on the 300 block of West Marshall Street shortly after 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 for a report of a stabbing. On the scene, officers interviewed the victim, a 53-year-old Norristown woman, who told police she was stabbed by her boyfriend minutes earlier. Officers observed a puncture wound in her lower abdomen.

The woman identified her attacker as 53-year-old James Ryan, of the 500 block of Church Street. James had reportedly fled the scene and was seen travelling south on Astor Street. Police say the victim was reluctant to provide additional information about the attack. She was transported to Einstein Medical Center Montgomery from treatment of her injuries.

Officers interviewed store employees, who reported observing Ryan stab the victim on the store's security monitor. Police viewed the footage and reportedly observed Ryan walk to the rear of the store, stab the victim in the stomach and then exit the store.

Police visited the victim at the hospital to obtain additional information and the woman reportedly told officers that she and Ryan were arguing before she entered the store. The victim stated that Ryan followed her into the store and stabbed her with a folding pocket knife. The victim could not provide information regarding Ryan's whereabouts. 

Police were called back to the location of the attack shortly after 8 p.m. by store employees who reported a pocket knife possibly used in the attack in the rear of the store. Police retrieved a Winchester folding pocket knife with a brown handle and the word "DAD" etched in the blade and placed it into evidence.

At approximately 8:50 p.m., police received a medical call on the 500 block of Astor Street and it was learned that the reporting person was James Ryan. Ryan was taken into custody at the scene. Officers reportedly recovered a black nylon Winchester knife case next to Ryan at the scene. Ryan reportedly told police the case was his. Ryan was transported to the police station where, during a search of his person, police reportedly recovered the victim's wallet.

Ryan is being charged with aggravated assault resulting in serious injury.

Liberty Belle February 02, 2013 at 02:32 PM
I first 'met' Norristown in the mid 80's, it was like that then......once the courthouse closed and the sun went down, you need to be inside. I was a victim of a violent crime in 1985 at 9:30 at night..From what I am reading it is getting worse esp on the West end. I live outside Norristown but I am there several times a week for different things, People who care should protest in front of the courthouse and boycott all businesses until law enforcement gets it's act together. Don't spend your money in Norristown. Period.
Liberty Belle February 02, 2013 at 02:35 PM
I agree. Section 8 is the ultimate destroyer of neighborhoods. Use to be the poor lived in 'projects' that were confined on a separate property. Now they are all over the place. Property value goes right down.
Liberty Belle February 02, 2013 at 02:38 PM
I lived in the best section of Philly, Somerton but it was at a high cost. Renting an apt was expensive. I had kids so I wanted them in a safe neighborhood. Others had Section 8 housing. I started seeing little drug baggies, used condoms on the street.
John Q. Public February 02, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Barb, it's not necessarily the section8 renters causing problems, some who are elderly or disabled, but their boyfriends, grandkids, and hangers-on. Section8 had good intentions, but unintended, horrible consequences.
Liberty Belle February 02, 2013 at 09:35 PM
I agree.


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