HAZLETON PA May 11 2017 — A man accused of stabbing a woman outside a city bar and leaving her in critical condition is now facing attempted murder charges.
Nelson Hernandez Rivera, 35, of North Church Street, was initially facing four felony counts of aggravated assault.
On Wednesday, he was arraigned before District Judge Joseph Zola on one count each of attempted homicide and aggravated assault.
Hernandez Rivera allegedly stabbed the woman repeatedly in the chest outside of the Crystal Barbeque and Lounge. A security guard then shot Hernandez Rivera after he allegedly charged at the guard with a knife.
According to a criminal complaint:
On March 20, Hazleton police were dispatched around 2:30 a.m. to 44 E. Broad St. for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers found a woman with multiple stab wounds to her chest.
A security officer reported that Hernandez Rivera and the victim left the bar when it closed. When the security officer went outside, Hernandez Rivera was “viciously” attacking the victim. The guard then drew his gun and asked him to “please stop.”
The suspect instead advanced toward the security guard, who fell as he was running backward away from Hernandez Rivera. The security officer then fired his handgun twice when Hernandez Rivera was within 6 feet of him.
One of the shots struck Hernandez Rivera in his left leg.
Hernandez Rivera is scheduled for a preliminary hearing before Zola at 2 p.m. on May 24. Court documents indicate that bail was denied due to the seriousness of the charges and for the safety of witnesses.