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Police say victim in Easton attack stabbed at least five times

Police allege George Bloomer stabbed his neighbor

EASTON, Pa. - The victim in Sunday morning’s stabbing attack in Easton sustained at least five stab wounds and was left with one functioning lung after the assault, according to police.

Authorities charged George M. Bloomer with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and possession of an instrument of a crime in connection with the alleged attack on his neighbor on Easton’s South Side. District Judge Jacqueline Taschner arraigned the 39-year-old late Sunday morning, setting bail at $500,000.

Easton police were dispatched to the 400 block of Iron Street shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday to investigate a report that Bloomer had stabbed his neighbor several times, according to court records. Officers arrived to find the victim laying on his kitchen floor with at least five stab wounds to his back and side.

Before being taken to the St. Luke’s University Hospital trauma center, the victim reportedly told police that it was Bloomer who had attacked him, according to records. Medical personnel later told police that the victim had blood and air in his left chest cavity and internal bleeding.

Officers found Bloomer at his home, and he reportedly had cuts on his hands. Bloomer and his mother told police that the knife used in the alleged attack was just inside the front door, and police could see it on the floor. The knife reportedly was covered in fresh blood.

Court records do not indicate what may have precipitated the attack.

Bloomer failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for March 29.

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