HAWLEY - PA State Police, Honesdale, report the arrest of Steven John Schuman, age 35, for the stabbing of a woman in her neck, early Thursday morning, May 25. The woman, who survived, was stabbed three times.
Schuman was charged with one count of Attempted Homicide and two counts of Aggravated Assault. After failing to post $100,000 bail, he was lodged in Wayne County Correctional Facility to await a hearing.
At approximately 4:33 a.m., Trooper Brett Ast and Trooper Carl Szmanski were dispatched to 320 Highland Street for a report of a man stabbing a woman in the neck, according to the police affidavit.
The woman was able to gets out of the residence and take refuge in her car; the accused was still in the house.
Troopers arrived about 10 minutes after being dispatched. The woman, who identified herself, was inside her black Hyundai Elantra. She was taken out of the car and placed in a patrol car for her safety, while an ambulance was its way, She was holding a cloth to her neck to stop the bleeding.
The 28-year old victim was transported by EMS to Wayne Memorial Hospital. Trooper Szmanski observed two stab wounds on her neck; she told the trooper that Steven Schuman, stabbed her.
The affidavit states that she told Trooper Szmanski that she and Steven were talking; Steven then “threw her to the floor and stabbed her in the neck.”
Having succeeded in getting him off her, the victim locked herself in the bathroom. She told police that Steven began stabbing the door, and then took the door handle off to gain entry. She said this went on about 30 minutes. She was then able to get out of the house, the affidavit continues.
The responding troopers were able to make contact with Steven Schuman and took him into custody. The affidavit says that blood was seen on Steven’s two hands.
Trooper Sharon Palmer interviewed the victim at the hospital Emergency Room, at 5:20 a.m.
The victim had blood on her face, chest, back, arms, hands, legs, feet and in her hair. Trooper Palmer said she did not see any defensive wounds on her hands or arms. Her neck was bandaged and in a cervical collar. The victim was crying and distraught.
She related the following to Trooper Palmer, according to the affidavit:
She was at a farewell party for a co-worker at Twisted Rail in Honesdale. She had left the party about two and a half hours ago, and was texting Steven Schuman.
“They were texting each other about remaining friends and being okay with each other,” the affidavit states. Steven invited her to come to the house in Hawley, and she complied.
“She related they were inside the residence talking,” the affidavit relates. “For some reason, he just snapped.” She related that he started ripping off her clothes, attempting to rape her.
He told her he had left a bar to come talk to her. The victim related she saw he had a knife, and then felt pressure to her neck. She said she did not realize she was being stabbed until she saw the blood.
Once she locked herself in the bathroom, he began yelling, “I’m going to kill you, I’m going to end your life,” the affidavit says.
The victim stated she did not know where her cellphone was, but Stephen said he had thrown it in the river. She related that she could hear Steven talking on the phone, and realized it was 911. She told the trooper that Steven then let her out of the bathroom to speak with 911 on the phone. The victim said she was terrified to come out of the room but felt she had no choice.
Emergency Room personnel told Trooper Palmer that the victim had one stab wound mid-line in front of her lower neck and two left lateral wounds. The victim was transported by ambulance from Wayne Memorial to Geisinger CMC in Scranton.
The accused was arraigned before District Judge Bonnie Carney in Hawley. Schuman was scheduled for a Central Court hearing on Wednesday, March 31 at 9 a.m.