Wissinoming man fatally stabs cousin during argument

Last week­end began in blood­shed in North­east Phil­adelphia as a Wissi­nom­ing man stabbed his cous­in to death on Fri­day night in­side the apart­ment they shared, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

The al­ter­ca­tion oc­curred on the 6200 block of Cot­tage St. shortly be­fore 11:30 p.m., said Of­ficer Christine O’Bri­en, a Phil­adelphia po­lice spokes­wo­man. Dur­ing an ar­gu­ment, Al­bert Hauck, 49, al­legedly picked up a knife and stabbed Al­bert Smith, 50, in the left side of the chest.

Po­lice found Smith on the floor bleed­ing. He was pro­nounced dead at the scene about 10 minutes later. Po­lice ar­res­ted Hauck and charged him with murder, pos­sess­ing an in­stru­ment of crime and re­lated of­fenses.

He is sched­uled for a hear­ing on Feb. 22.

Hauck is no stranger to Phil­adelphia’s crim­in­al courts. Ac­cord­ing to pub­lic re­cords, he was ar­res­ted at least 10 times between Ju­ly 1981 and April 2010 for a vari­ety of of­fenses in­clud­ing drug pos­ses­sion, theft, tres­passing, burg­lary, in­de­cent ex­pos­ure, ag­grav­ated as­sault, res­ist­ing ar­rest, dis­orderly con­duct and pub­lic drunk­en­ness, al­though he was­nev­er sen­tenced to jail time.

In a least four cases, all charges were either with­drawn by the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice or dis­missed at the Mu­ni­cip­al Court level. In at least four oth­er cases, he either pleaded guilty or was found guilty at tri­al and sen­tenced to vary­ing terms of pro­ba­tion. Court re­cords do not re­flect the fi­nal dis­pos­i­tions of two al­co­hol­ic bever­ages/open-con­tain­er vi­ol­a­tions in April 2010. ••

Re­port­er Wil­li­am Kenny can be reached at 215-354-3031 or wkenny@bsmphilly.com

You can reach at wkenny@bsmphilly.com.

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