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Two arrests made in stabbing incident at Harrisburg’s John Harris High School


HARRISBURG — Police are investigating a stabbing that occurred late Tuesday morning at John Harris High School.

According to Harrisburg Police, the incident occurred at 11:52 a.m. Officers were dispatched to the school, located on the 2400 block of Market Street, to investigate.

Police say a fight broke out at the school, and the victim punched Justin Rodriguez, who then pulled out a spring-loaded knife and stabbed the victim in the right bicep. Rodriguez was detained, disarmed, and secured in a room until police arrived. He is being charged as an adult with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Possession of a Weapon on School Property, Possessing an Instrument of Crime with Intent, and Make Repairs/Selling an Offensive Weapon.

The victim was treated at the scene by EMS and later taken to Harrisburg Hospital to receive further medical attention, police say.

According to police, several of the suspect’s family members came to the high school office after the suspect was detained and created a disturbance. They were asked to leave by school staff, and later by Harrisburg Police. One family member, Kevin Garcia-Rodriguez, refused to leave the school, ignored police commands to leave, and attempted to push past an officer to re-enter the school after he had been physically removed, police say.

Garcia-Rodriguez was subsequently arrested and charged with Criminal Trespass, Resisting Arrest, and Obstructing Law Enforcement, police say.