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Honesdale man charged with attempted homicide


February 6, 2012

The Honesdale Borough Police obtained a warrant charging Jesus Martinez-Escobar, age 29, with Criminal Attempt to Commit Homicide, Aggravated Assault,Terroristic Threats and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

The Affidavit of Probable Cause alleges that in the early morning hours of Friday, February 3rd,Martinez-Escobar attempted to choke his wife to death with an electrical video gamecord.

This episode was interrupted by a family member. At that time Martinez-Escobar stabbed himself in the chest with a kitchen knife. He then left the apartment. The police found Martinez-Escobar lying in the foyer of an apartment on Main Street in
Honesdale.

Martinez-Escobar is currently in the intensive care unit of a Scranton Hospital.

The victim was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital and is being treated for her injuries. The Honesdale Borough Police have Martinez-Escobar under watch at the Scranton hospital and will execute the warrant for his arrest upon his discharge.

District Attorney Janine Edwards stated, “This was a terrible incident of domestic violence. While I cannot undo the emotional and physical impact of domestic violence upon the victims, this office will diligently prosecute anyone charged with such a heinous crime to ensure that they never again harm that person or any person in the future.”

She said that her office and the Borough Police are attempting to determine the legal residence status of Martinez-Escobar. Edwards also further stated that the matter is still under investigation and that she would have no further comment outside the four corners of the Affidavit of Probable Cause.

Anyone with any information regarding this matter is urged to contact the Honesdale Borough Police at 253-1900.