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Man allegedly stabs, beats, bites victims before manhunt near Latrobe, causing police search

LATROBE, Pa. — State police officials said a man stabbed, beat and bit three people before running off and leading police on a search throughout the Latrobe area.

Troopers said the situation took place in a home in Derry Township. All of the victims were expected to recover.

State police tweeted Sunday that they were looking for a man named Nicholas McIntyre in connection with a stabbing in Derry Township. He was arrested within hours.

“What they went through that evening, I can only imagine they thought they weren’t going to live,” said Trooper Steve Limani. “And I think when he [McIntyre] left that house, I’d be shocked if he wouldn’t have thought they were going to die with how badly they were stabbed. He bit them in their necks and lips.”

Troopers described the scene as one of the more grotesque they’ve ever seen. The three victims were attacked with a baseball bat and stabbed.

“He definitely went after Karen most because he felt she was standing between him and Amber, and he’s just been fixated on her for a long time,” said Cathy Tarr.

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Tarr is the sister and aunt of two of the victims: Karen and Amber Short. McIntyre was the ex-boyfriend of Amber Short and he had allegedly been bothering for some time.

A family friend who happened to be staying with the Shorts is being hailed a hero. After he was cut in the back and beat with the bat, he was able to run to a nearby gas station to call 911.

Saint Vincent College issued an emergency alert before giving the all clear that it was safe more than 30 minutes later.

The alert said state police are searching for a suspect in a “serious crime,” and described the person as a 6′5″ white man wearing a red shirt and dark shorts. The man was last seen on Route 981. The alert asked people to “please remain indoors until further notice.”