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Defiance Man Charged with Attempted Homicide

State police in Bedford County have charged a Defiance man with attempted homicide after he stabbed another man in the neck during a fight outside a local bar, according to a criminal complaint.

Troopers say 49-year-old Brian Taylor is charged with attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment and possession of a weapon, according to online court records.

Authorities say troopers were called Rookeez Bar and Grille, located in Coaldale Borough, just after midnight Friday morning for a reported stabbing.

Witnesses told investigators that Taylor and the male victim were arguing inside the bar after Taylor allegedly started “causing issues” with other patrons, the complaint states.

The two then reportedly exited the bar, where the altercation continued in the parking lot, state police say.

Witnesses then told police that Taylor pulled out a knife and slashed at the victim’s neck.

Police say the victim had a large wound on his neck and was transported to UPMC Altoona for treatment.

Authorities say that Taylor attempted to leave the scene, according to witnesses, but that a relative of the victim made him stay until police arrived.

Troopers say when they interviewed Taylor, he told police that he cut the victim because he “was unable to fight anymore.”

Taylor is being held at the Bedford County Correctional Facility on $150,000 bail, court dockets show.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 17.

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