Stabbing Suspect Arraigned Charged With Felony Counts

SHAMOKIN – Police say a Shamokin man who’s considered homeless was arraigned and is now jailed after allegedly stabbing another man Monday afternoon.

Court papers say 50-year-old Joseph Hornberger faces several charges, including two felony counts of aggravated assault and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

Court papers say Hornberger stabbed another man in the back.  The victim is Larry Pensyl, who was then taken to Geisinger for treatment of his injuries. A medical update is unavailable.

Shamokin City Police say they were first dispatched around 1:15 p.m. to the 200 block of South Shamokin Street. Pensyl told officers he was followed by Hornberger before being stabbed, and the incident actually took place occurred in the 400 block of East Pine Street. Hornberger then fled the scene on foot and Pensyl retreated back to his home on South Shamokin Street before help was called.

Officers say video surveillance helped them locate Hornberger. When they questioned Hornberger, he denied stabbing Pensyl at first, then said he was told to do it, but couldn’t reveal who told him or ‘they’d kill him.’ Officers also discovered Hornberger was also on probation with the Northumberland County Adult Probation Office. He’s now in Northumberland County Prison on $100,000 bail.


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