Freemansburg man trips over cat, stabs self with knife
July 15, 2011|By Frank Warner, Of The Morning Call
A Freemansburg man had just cut open a bag of coffee with a knife late Thursday night when his wife called to him.
A cat ran downstairs and under his feet.
He tripped over the cat.
He fell on the knife.
That’s how James Forte, 50, of 208 Juniata St. explained the bloody stab wound to his upper chest, Freemansburg police Sgt. Martin Comer said. Comer said he was skeptical at first, but his preliminary inquiry tended to support Forte’s story.
“There was a coffee maker there, and it was warm,” he said, adding that Forte’s wife and son corroborated the coffee-bag-opening, tripping-over-the-cat account.
Forte, who was conscious but bleeding and in pain, was taken by Bethlehem Township Ambulance to St. Luke’s Hospital-Fountain Hill, Comer said.
The steak knife, which has a 6- or 7-inch blade, went about 1 inch into Forte’s chest in the 11:20 p.m. incident. It appeared Forte would be fine, Comer said.
“He told me he had a knife in his hand, and his wife said something,” he said. “As he turned to her, a cat came down the steps. He tripped over the cat, went down and stabbed himself in the right upper chest.”
Comer said he will investigate further, but the stabbing does not appear suspicious.