Published Date Written by Dan Miller
A Middletown man was arrested by borough police on Friday, Nov. 13, and charged with the stabbing that occurred outside of the Karn's Foods store on South Union Street on Nov. 5.
Kory M. Wiles, 24, 100 block of North Union Street, was arraigned before District Judge Kenneth Lenker and charged with felony robbery and misdemeanor counts of simple assault, possessing instruments of crime, and possession of a controlled or counterfeit substance.
Wiles was placed in Dauphin County Prison on $10,000 bail.
According to court records filed by police, the victim - Hipolito Rodriguez of the 400 block of Vine Street - was approached by Wiles and asked for money. Rodriguez gave Wiles a dollar. Wiles then stabbed Rodriguez's finger with a blade of some type and fled westbound down the alley, the victim told police.
Rodriguez took off after Wiles, but Wiles got away, police said.
Police arrested Wiles after seeing video surveillance of the intersection of Nissley and Scott Avenue, showing a man matching the description of Wiles given to police by Rodriguez, walking southbound down the alley about 10 minutes before the stabbing occurred.
Upon further investigation police learned that Wiles had been released from prison on Nov. 3, and that on Nov. 6 he had asked a woman at the Rite Aid on East Main Street for a dollar. The woman did not give Wiles any money but bought food for him, police said.
Wiles gave a different version of events regarding the stabbing incident when questioned by police. He said that Rodriguez approached him and offered to sell him some Suboxone.
Wiles told police that he grabbed the Suboxone pills and fled. However, Wiles denied injuring Rodriguez or even knowing that Rodriguez had been cut.
A preliminary hearing for Wiles is set for Nov. 23 before District Judge David Judy.