DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - Police say it was a vicious attack. A homeless man in Doylestown, Bucks Co., was found unconscious and bleeding, stabbed more than 70 times, police said.
Now, the suspect is off the streets, thanks to a tip call from his own sister.
It was a horrific assault early Wednesday morning near the Doylestown train station that left a man clinging to life.
Officials said George Mohr's massive injuries all came at the hands of 21-year-old Dale Wakefield.
"This is a very serious crime, Mr. Mohr was gravely injured," said Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler.
The 70-year-old army veteran from Phoenix was found lying in the street unconscious and bleeding. He had been stabbed more than 70 times on the head, chest, arms, hands and back, according to court documents.
Mohr was beaten so badly he had numerous facial fractures and a brain injury, according to the paperwork.
"We are very concerned that Mr. Mohr may not survive his injuries, and this may become a murder case," explained Heckler.
Police said it's unclear how Mohr and Wakefield crossed paths, but believe the savage beating happened after Wakefield was out celebrating his 21st birthday Tuesday night.
Wednesday, fire crews cleaned up the crime scene where Mohr was left for dead. At the same time police were hunting for Wakefield.
Investigators said it was a phone call from his sister that led them to the accused attacker.
"I think that his sister recognized that this is a young man who was a danger to the community, and she did the right thing," shared Heckler.
According to court papers, Wakefield told his sister that he stabbed someone "and may have killed him," and that he planned to flee to South Dakota. The 21-year-old only got as far as Maryland where he was arrested.
"He was in possession of a knife when he was taken into custody in Baltimore," Heckler added.
Thursday, investigators combed through Wakefield's sister's Doylestown apartment. It's just a block from where the crime happened.
Court documents outline that Wakefield had been staying there while his sister was away, and he left his bloody clothes and shoes inside.
According to Carbon County Court records, Wakefield has a history of violent crime and was on probation when the attack happened.
"I'm not going to speculate at this point as to what kinds of things may have been going on in Mr. Wakefield's head," said Heckler. "But one thing's for sure: if he was on probation, he wasn't supposed to be drinking."
Wakefield is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and possession of instruments of crime. He remains in custody in Baltimore pending an extradition hearing.
Hospital officials said Mohr is in critical condition.
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