Police: Centre County homicide started from domestic dispute

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CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — State troopers are investigating a homicide in Centre County where a man reportedly died from a stab wound.

State police said they responded to the 200 block of Mountain Avenue in Haines Township at 4:30 a.m. Thursday. They discovered Robert W. Farwell, who had sustained a stab wound and died later at Mount Nittany Medical Center, according to Centre County District Attorney Bernie Cantorna. The coroner’s report shows Farwell died as a result of a single stab wound to the chest.


This homicide investigation is in relation to a domestic incident and there is no threat to the public, according to Cantorna. According to the search warrant, Farwell and a woman reportedly got into an argument when he showed up at her residence unannounced. The woman told police Farwell was verbally degrading her and threatened to kill her as she barricaded herself in a bedroom. The woman said Farwell continued to kick the bedroom door in an attempt to gain entry,

The woman said she exited the bedroom with a knife and told Farwell to move away or she would stab him. The two then allegedly lunged toward each other at the same time and the knife penetrated his chest, according to the woman’s statement to police. She said her cell phone was dead and she attempted to knock on a residence’s door for help, but nobody came outside. She then flagged down a passing trunk and asked the driver and passenger to call 911, according to the search warrant.

Police noted in the warrant that the woman appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance when they arrived at the scene.

The woman has not been charged and is not in custody. The investigation continues.

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