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Ishaan Jamaal McKnight-Whitehead faces two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of robbery, harassment and possession of marijuana.
A female guest at a West Manchester Township hotel said she and others stopped a man from attacking a woman near the pool and later was robbed at knifepoint by him, according to charging documents.
West Manchester Township Police responded to the melee about 12:23 a.m. on Nov. 15 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 2000 Loucks Road.
Once there, they arrested Ishaan Jamaal McKnight-Whitehead, 40, of the 200 block of Peshine Avenue, Newark, New Jersey.
McKnight-Whitehead faces two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of robbery, harassment and possession of marijuana.
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He was arraigned on the charges and was placed in York County Prison on $15,000 bail. A preliminary hearing before District Judge Keith L. Albright is scheduled for Dec. 22, according to online court dockets.
Ishaan Jamaal McKnight-Whitehead, charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of robbery, harassment and possession of marijuana. (Photo: Submitted)
Steak knife to the throat
As police were en route, they received information that a woman who was being held at knifepoint just outside the hotel had broken free and ran into the hotel.
Another transmission from 911 told them the man was now “running around the hallways of the hotel with a knife, threatening people,” documents state.
Police spoke with Rita Thomas, of Newark, New Jersey, who said she and other people got into a fight with McKnight-Whitehead earlier near the pool “because he punched a female,” documents state.
Police did not identify the female, nor did they say if McKnight-Whitehead and Thomas knew each other previously, since both are from Newark, New Jersey and were staying at the same hotel.
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During the fight, McKnight-Whitehead bit Thomas in the upper right thigh area, according to documents.
Later, when Thomas and her friends were smoking in a designated area just outside the hotel, McKnight-Whitehead crept up behind her and held a steak knife to her throat, police said.
“Whitehead kept advising Thomas that he wanted his money back or he was going to stab her,” documents state. “Thomas did not take any of his money … she was telling him that over and over.”
McKnight-Whitehead moved the knife from her neck to her abdomen and again demanded money. After a brief argument, he took her iPhone and charging cord from her pants and ran into the hotel, according to documents.
Thomas showed police the bite mark on her thigh and a small cut under her jaw where the steak knife