Monday, May 20, 2013
One charged in stabbing
On 5-20-13 at approximately 2:10 am, Columbia Police Officers encountered a stabbing
victim with wounds that resulted from a fight that just occurred in the 100 Block of S.
5th Street in Columbia Borough. While on routine patrol, Officer Brent Smith heard a
disturbance and noticed two males walking near 5th and Union Streets. Officer Smith
approached the males and noticed that one of the males had suffered multiple stab
wounds to his abdomen, was severely bleeding, and was being assisted by the second
male. Officer Smith was told that the wounded male had just engaged in a fight with an
acquaintance and suffered the stab wounds as a result. The suspect was no longer on
scene. EMS personnel were summoned to the scene and transported the victim to a
local hospital for treatment.
A second stabbing victim was located in the 100 Block of S. 5th Street at his residence.
This male was at the scene of the fight, but the nature of his involvment is not clear at
this time. He suffered at least one wound to his lower right leg. His wounds were not
Columbia Police were able to identify the suspect as Zachary Groft, 22, of the 500 Block
of Cherry Street, Columbia, PA. Groft was arrested at his residence without incident
and was charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault and one count of Prohibited
Offensive Weapons by Detective Matt Leddy. He will be arraigned before Magesterial
District Justice Robert Herman.
Any witnesses to this incident are asked to contact Detective Matt Leddy of the
Columbia Police at 717-684-7735.