Port Authority worker charged in knife attack

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A Port Authority garage worker faces multiple criminal charges for attacking a co-worker with a knife, police said.

Darven Thomas, 54, of the North Side, was charged with aggravated and simple assault, reckless endangerment, harassment, terroristic threats and disorderly conduct in connection with the incident.

Police were called to the East Liberty garage just after 3 a.m. Tuesday, where following a verbal altercation, Mr. Thomas pulled a knife and told co-worker Rickie Nelson “I am going to gut you,” according to a criminal complaint. It said Mr. Nelson resisted using his coat as a shield.

A video camera captured the incident and the complaint said it shows Mr. Thomas as the aggressor “and slashing at Mr. Nelson.” The victim’s shirt and undershirts were slashed and he had a minor red mark on his abdomen.

Mr. Thomas, a Port Authority employee since 2004, was placed on leave without pay pending an administrative hearing. He faces a preliminary hearing May 19 in City Court.

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