Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Alex Rose arose@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @arosedelco on Twit­ter

UP­PER CHICHESTER >> A 24-yearold town­ship man who was shot by po­lice af­ter al­legedly ad­vanc­ing on them with a knife has been charged with the at­tempted mur­der of an­other civil­ian and ag­gra­vated as­sault against three po­lice of­fi­cers in two in­ci­dents that took place early Mon­day morn­ing.

“James Michael Toy is a dan­ger­ous, vi­o­lent in­di­vid­ual who choked and stabbed the vic­tim in the mid­dle of the night in the sanc­tity of his own home,” said Delaware County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Katay­oun M. Copeland in a re­lease. “The de­fen­dant then ad­vanced on of­fi­cers, armed with a knife, and failed to fol­low po­lice or­ders.”

The re­lease states that three Up­per Chichester po­lice of­fi­cers were dis­patched to a res­i­dence on the 900 block of Thorn­ton Road at about 3:24 a.m. Mon­day for a re­port of a stab­bing. They en­coun­tered Toy bran­dish­ing a knife and or­dered him to drop the weapon, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

“Toy dis­re­garded their com­mands and con­tin­ued to ad­vance to­wards the of­fi­cers,” the re­lease says. “Po­lice of­fi­cers dis­charged their weapons, strik­ing Toy in the hand.”

County de­tec­tives Robert Lyth­goe, Ed­mond J. Pisani, Vin­cent Fic­chi, and Thomas Scarpato were later called in to in­ves­ti­gate and spoke with the stab­bing vic­tim.

The vic­tim told de­tec­tives he was asleep on his couch and woke up to find Toy on top of him, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. Toy al­legedly be­gan to choke the vic­tim, who called out for help as they started to wres­tle.

Toy stabbed the vic­tim in the left side of his face and left hand, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease, then put his hand in the vic­tim’s mouth and said, “Shut up, I’m go­ing to kill you.”

The vic­tim was able to throw Toy off and es­cape through the front door, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. The vic­tim told de­tec­tives that he then saw Toy mov­ing to­ward the Up­per Chichester of­fi­cers out­side with the knife still in his hand. The vic­tim said he heard of­fi­cers telling Toy to freeze and re­peat­edly told him to drop the weapon be­fore they fired, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

Copeland spokes­woman Emily Har­ris said none of the of­fi­cers were in­jured and the vic­tim did not sus­tain life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

Toy, also of the 900 block of Thorn­ton Road, is ad­di­tion­ally charged with pos­sess­ing an in­stru­ment of crime and ter­ror­ist threats, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

He was pre­lim­i­nar­ily ar­raigned be­fore Mag­is­te­rial Dis­trict Judge Deb­o­rah A. Krull and re­manded to the county pri­son af­ter fail­ing to post $1 mil­lion cash bail, ac­cord­ing to on­line court records.

A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing is sched­uled for Oct. 23 be­fore Mag­is­te­rial Dis­trict Judge David R. Grif­fin.

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