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Port Richmond man who stabbed retired officer is arrested

31-year-old Joseph Fitzger­ald, from the 3300 block of Bel­grade Street, was ar­res­ted Tues­day for the crime. 

Joseph Fitzger­ald. COUR­TESY OF THE PHIL­ADELPHIA PO­LICE DE­PART­MENT

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease is­sued by the Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment’s Of­fice of Me­dia Re­la­tions, The Phil­adelphia Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice has charged 31-year-old Joseph Fitzger­ald with ag­grav­ated as­sault, pos­ses­sion of an in­stru­ment of crime, simple as­sault and reck­lessly en­dan­ger­ing an­oth­er per­son for stabbing an­oth­er man, a re­tired Phil­adelphia po­lice of­ficer, earli­er this week.  

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, on Monday, Aug. 19, 24th Dis­trict of­ficers re­spon­ded to a re­port of a stabbing on the 3000 block of Sal­mon Street. When they ar­rived, they were met by the 56-year-old vic­tim who stated that he was stabbed once in the chest by a white male in his 30s, who was 5 foot 8 inches, ap­prox­im­ately 200 pounds, and wear­ing dark cloth­ing. The vic­tim was trans­por­ted to Temple Hos­pit­al by med­ics, and was in stable con­di­tion. 

Stabbing vic­tim and re­tired Phil­adelphia po­lice of­ficer George Orth told in­vest­ig­at­ors he met Fitzger­ald at a nearby bar Monday, and that Fitzger­ald stabbed him once in the chest around 2 a.m. out­side of Orth’s home on Sal­mon Street near In­di­ana Av­en­ue, ac­cord­ing to philly.com. Po­lice have not yet re­leased in­form­a­tion on Fitzger­ald’s al­leged motive. 

On Tues­day, Aug. 20, Fitzger­ald, from the 3300 block of Bel­grade Street, was ar­res­ted on the 3300 block of Ara­mingo Av­en­ue. 

Philly.com fur­ther re­por­ted that Fitzger­ald has five pri­or ar­rests. He most re­cently was ar­res­ted for a DUI in Oc­to­ber 2011. 

Orth was a Phil­adelphia po­lice of­ficer for 25 years. 

Fitzger­ald was ar­raigned early this morn­ing, bail set at $400,000, and his next court date is sched­uled for Septem­ber 4, 2013 in courtroom 603. ull;•

You can reach at mjamison@bsmphilly.com.

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