Police ID suspect in apparent domestic dispute, triple-stabbing

Posted: 8:00 PM EDT Jun 09, 2012   Updated: 2:48 PM EDT Jun 11, 2012
Whitehall stabbing suspect, Courtesy: Dennis Wetherhold Jr.

Police have arrested a man they said stabbed two people before turning the blade on himself.

It happened around 7:15 p.m. Saturday at the Spring Ridge Apartments on North 14th Street, near Route 22, in Whitehall Twp., Lehigh Co.

Joel Antonia Vazquez, 26, of Allentown, was charged with stabbing a woman and her husband before stabbing himself in the stomach in an apparent domestic dispute, police said.

All three victims were taken to a hospital for treatment and later released.

"It was creepy," said neighbor Nina Rivera, who witnessed the stabbings. "It was sort of like out of a movie."

The victims are identified as Mandy Mancini Bailey, 34, and her husband, Brian Bailey, 35, both of 1339 N. 14th Street, apt. M-28, Whitehall. Relatives said Vazquez is married to Bailey's ex-wife.

Mandy Bailey's children reportedly witnessed the stabbings.

"The little girl was terrified, and the little boy -- he's like, 7 years old -- he was scared," said Rivera's brother Robert, who also witnessed the incident.

Relatives also say Mandy Bailey just gave birth to a baby girl on Tuesday.

"The one lady was on the floor," said Nina Rivera. "She kept yelling, 'My baby, my baby!' Apparently, he threw the baby around."

Vazquez is facing multiple accounts of attempted homicide and aggravated assault among others. He was arraigned Sunday and committed to Lehigh Co. Prison underĀ  $60,000 bail.