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Centre County Man Facing Attempted Homicide Charges

Authorities with the Bellefonte Borough Police Department say a Centre County man is facing attempted homicide charges after he reportedly stabbed another man in the neck Monday night inside a Bellefonte apartment building.

Police say officers were dispatched to the building, located along the 100 block of West High Street, after 911 dispatchers took a call from a woman who was “screaming” that someone had been stabbed.

Police say dispatchers could also reportedly hear a fire alarm sounding in the background.

Authorities say when officers arrived on scene, they found a male victim laying in the building’s stairwell with a large amount of blood around him.

Police say the victim told officers that he was investigating why the fire alarm had gone off when he found a box of items on fire at the top of the stairs.

Authorities say the male suspect then reportedly attacked the victim and stabbed him multiple times in the neck.

Police say officers from Spring Township and Bellefonte Borough, as well as troopers from PSP Rockview, conducted a search for the suspect throughout Monday night and into the early morning hours of Tuesday.

Police say around 9 a.m. Tuesday, officers located the suspect, 29-year-old James Surovec, of Bellefonte, and placed him into custody.

Authorities say Surovec faces various charges, including attempted homicide, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, arson and possession of an instrument of crime.

Officials say he is being held at the Centre County Correctional Facility and his bail was denied.

Surovec was previously arrested in early March after investigators say he repeatedly harassed the 911 dispatch center and claimed that he was “being mind-controlled.”

Police say the victim was transported to Geisinger Medical Center, in Danville, and is listed in stable condition.

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