Man in hospital following stabbing

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 12, 2002

HANGING ROCK -- One man was hospitalized, another taken to jail after a stabbing early Saturday morning at The Laidback bar in Hanging Rock.

Hanging Rock Police Chief Robert Dillon said Rick Cron, 46, of 1165 Rock Hollow Road, Ironton, was taken into custody at the scene and charged with felonious assault.

The victim has been identified as Noah Dean Hopper of State Route 650, Hamilton Township. He was taken to Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital for a stab wound to the stomach. He is listed in stable

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Dillon said it is unclear what the motive might have been for the incident.

From reports I've seen, this looks totally unprovoked, "Dillon said.

"There does not appear to have been an altercation."

Other bar patrons allegedly told authorities that the two men had both been at the establishment for a while and had even played pool together earlier in the evening.

"They said Hopper went into the bathroom and Cron followed and then they heard screams," Dillon said.

Other patrons then wrestled the knife away from Cron.

Cron is scheduled to appear today in Ironton Municipal Court to answer the charge against him. The incident remains under investigation.