Sayre man accused of stabbing father waives preliminary hearing
A Sayre man accused of stabbing his father last week during an argument waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw.
Robert Francis Uitz Jr., 19, also had his bail reduced from $10,000 to non-monetary bail as the result of an agreement, according to district court information. He will face arraignment in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas at a later date.
Sayre police charged Uitz with aggravated assault, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, simple assault, simple assault by physical menace, harassment and consumption of alcohol by a minor following the Aug. 15 incident, according to an affidavit from police filed with Judge Shaw's office.
Police said officers responded to a North Higgins Avenue residence at about 11:30 p.m. for a reported domestic disturbance in which Uitz Jr. had stabbed his father, Robert Francis Uitz Sr., 38, in the lower abdomen.
The two had gotten into an argument about Uitz Jr. allegedly selling his brother's video games, according to police. During the argument, Uitz Jr. told police he clipped a black folding knife to his boxer briefs and went back downstairs to talk to his father, police said.
Uitz Jr. told police his father ran at him, at which point he pulled out the knife and stabbed him, police said.
Greater Valley EMS transported Uitz Sr. to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, where he underwent exploratory surgery for the wound, police said.
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