An Allentown man accused of stabbing an Easton man in an attempt to collect money is headed to trial in Northampton County Court.
Shaguye Colbert, 38, waived his preliminary hearing before District Judge Richard Yetter Wednesday, meaning his case automatically moves to county court.
According to court records, the case began on the morning of May 23, when a man living in the 1000 block of Elm Street, identified as Adrian Anderson in court records, told police Colbert had gotten into his apartment with a gun and threatened him.
Police say Colbert told Anderson he would kill him, or have him killed. Anderson said Colbert wrongly believed he owed Colbert money.
Colbert allegedly returned to the apartment a few times after that, ultimately returning in the evening. This time, he and Anderson fought, with Colbert wielding a butcher knife and stabbing Anderson in the hand.
The resident said Colbert swung the knife "like a hammer," forcing Anderson to use a garbage can to shield himself from further stab wounds.
Colbert ran off when a neighbor called police. Police say they were able to identify Colbert from a Facebook page and from witness statements. He was taken into custody on unrelated charges in Allentown and turned over to Easton police.
Authorities say Colbert has a history of violence, including a manslaughter conviction in New York from 2004.