Man charged with stabbing woman 15 times after early release from prison

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Israel Polanco-Cano

LANCASTER, Pa. – A Lancaster City man released in August from prison after serving part of his sentence on a conviction for stabbing a man outside a church breakfast line two years ago, is arrested again after allegedly stabbing a woman 15 times over the weekend.

On Friday just before 11 pm city police responded to a report of a fight in the 500 block of Howard Avenue. When officers arrived on the scene, they found, a 45-year-old female, with multiple stab wounds upon her body.

The officers also found Israel Polanco-Cano, 34, of the 300 block N. Mulberry Street. Polanco-Cano’s arms were covered in blood and he had suffered lacerations to his right hand.

The victim identified Polanco-Cano as the person who stabbed her.  She was rushed to the hospital where she immediately went into emergency surgery for stab wounds to her head, ear, back of her neck, both forearms, her chest, and to the rear of each shoulder.  She remains hospitalized.

Israel Polanco-Cano was also admitted to the hospital to be treated for his injuries.

Police determined that the victim was visiting a friend on Howard Avenue when Israel Polanco-Cano showed up at the friend’s apartment and attacked the victim.  Polanco-Cano and the victim are known to each other.

Polanco-Cano is charged with Criminal Attempt to Commit Homicide.

In May 2013 stabbed a man in the chest and throat while standing in a free breakfast line in the rear of the First Reformed Church at 40 East Orange Street. He was charged with Attempted Homicide. He went to prison on a plea agreement and was released less than two months ago on August 21.


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