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Norristown Woman Stabbed by Boyfriend in Corner Store on Saturday

A 53-year-old woman was transported to Einstein Medical Center Montgomery Saturday night for treatment of a stab wound to the stomach.

According to reports from the Norristown Police Department, a Norristown woman was transported from a corner store in the West End to Einstein Medical Center Montgomery on Saturday, after she was allegedly stabbed in the stomach by her boyfriend.

Police responded to Adelita's Mexican Market on the 300 block of West Marshall Street shortly after 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 for a report of a stabbing. On the scene, officers interviewed the victim, a 53-year-old Norristown woman, who told police she was stabbed by her boyfriend minutes earlier. Officers observed a puncture wound in her lower abdomen.

The woman identified her attacker as 53-year-old James Ryan, of the 500 block of Church Street. James had reportedly fled the scene and was seen travelling south on Astor Street. Police say the victim was reluctant to provide additional information about the attack. She was transported to Einstein Medical Center Montgomery from treatment of her injuries.

Officers interviewed store employees, who reported observing Ryan stab the victim on the store's security monitor. Police viewed the footage and reportedly observed Ryan walk to the rear of the store, stab the victim in the stomach and then exit the store.

Police visited the victim at the hospital to obtain additional information and the woman reportedly told officers that she and Ryan were arguing before she entered the store. The victim stated that Ryan followed her into the store and stabbed her with a folding pocket knife. The victim could not provide information regarding Ryan's whereabouts. 

Police were called back to the location of the attack shortly after 8 p.m. by store employees who reported a pocket knife possibly used in the attack in the rear of the store. Police retrieved a Winchester folding pocket knife with a brown handle and the word "DAD" etched in the blade and placed it into evidence.

At approximately 8:50 p.m., police received a medical call on the 500 block of Astor Street and it was learned that the reporting person was James Ryan. Ryan was taken into custody at the scene. Officers reportedly recovered a black nylon Winchester knife case next to Ryan at the scene. Ryan reportedly told police the case was his. Ryan was transported to the police station where, during a search of his person, police reportedly recovered the victim's wallet.

Ryan is being charged with aggravated assault resulting in serious injury.

Mohandus Frieri November 21, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Borough council should contine to delay a search for Public Safety Director while they seek public input as to who they would like to see on the job. Got stabbed?
MBR November 21, 2012 at 02:42 PM
das right, what they waiting on. Smells fishy. I can't ford to leave, i stuck here.
sem November 21, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I really hate that my grandmother lives right there! The things I see on Astor and Marshal when visiting are terrible! I wish the police would really step it up too! Harsher penalties would be a good start! Get these idiots off the streets and make them safe again! Norristown used to be a nice place back in the day!
Inthehood November 21, 2012 at 05:49 PM
That's why I stay away from Marshall st. It be dangerous up their. Those boys be shooting guns and their are gangs lof youth claiming different areas. It nuts. Thanks council for such a nice area.
OMG November 21, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Yeah the wild wild west. I don't like crossing those tracks for anything. If I do I try to go up elm to my destination, not that that's any safer. Letting all of the immigrants come into the town now there are gangs and all other stuff going on up there.
Dorsey November 22, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Council is not servicing its citizens and must be held accountable! Norristown is becoming a town of rampant violence and has zero chance of revitalizing in its current and probably irreversible direction. The removal of the Mayoral position was the final nail to Norristown's coffin. There is absolutely no accountability anymore. On this day of thanks, non should be directed to our pitiful form of local Government that has left us to our own devices. Lock your doors and try to safe because your on your own.
Sharon McKeeman Himes November 28, 2012 at 05:59 PM
You are so correct that the citizens are on their own. I am formerly of the West side. That was 5 years ago and it was really wild even then. I have since relocated to upstate New York and what a friggin difference I have in the quality of life now. God help those who have to live in that gangland.
Vicchio February 02, 2013 at 01:42 PM
When the sun goes down and the Court Houses closes Norristown streets come alive and your not safe even in your car while driving through Norristown. Lock your doors and if need be, run a red light because you may be attack while sitting at a red light, A woman came from nowhere and tried to force open my passenger side door while I was waiting for the light to change, screeming and cursing because I would not let her in my car. No Police around, I took off slow in order for her to let go of the car and I left. You are on your own in Norristown.
John Q. Public February 02, 2013 at 02:18 PM
The many, cheap rental units attract section8 girl-friends, and their multiple, worthless, drug-dealing boyfriends. Your tax-dollars - the few that pay taxes - are being used to destroy your town. Don't feel alone, because Section8 and low-rents are devastating towns and cites throughout the U.S. Enjoy.
Liberty Belle February 02, 2013 at 02:32 PM
I first 'met' Norristown in the mid 80's, it was like that then......once the courthouse closed and the sun went down, you need to be inside. I was a victim of a violent crime in 1985 at 9:30 at night..From what I am reading it is getting worse esp on the West end. I live outside Norristown but I am there several times a week for different things, People who care should protest in front of the courthouse and boycott all businesses until law enforcement gets it's act together. Don't spend your money in Norristown. Period.
Liberty Belle February 02, 2013 at 02:35 PM
I agree. Section 8 is the ultimate destroyer of neighborhoods. Use to be the poor lived in 'projects' that were confined on a separate property. Now they are all over the place. Property value goes right down.
Liberty Belle February 02, 2013 at 02:38 PM
I lived in the best section of Philly, Somerton but it was at a high cost. Renting an apt was expensive. I had kids so I wanted them in a safe neighborhood. Others had Section 8 housing. I started seeing little drug baggies, used condoms on the street.
John Q. Public February 02, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Barb, it's not necessarily the section8 renters causing problems, some who are elderly or disabled, but their boyfriends, grandkids, and hangers-on. Section8 had good intentions, but unintended, horrible consequences.
Liberty Belle February 02, 2013 at 09:35 PM
I agree.

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