Man Allegedly Tried To Run Over Estranged Wife’s Boyfriend

LIGONIER (KDKA) — A Westmoreland County man is facing charges after allegedly trying to run over his estranged wife’s boyfriend in a grocery store parking lot.

It happened at the Giant Eagle in the heart of Ligonier.

Police say 67-year-old Eric Astin ran into his estranged wife, Marcia Astin, and her boyfriend, Peter Wright, while the couple was grocery shopping.

Eric Astin reportedly told Wright that “he was a dead man” and that he was “going to kill (him).”

When the couple left the grocery store, Eric Astin was waiting outside in his car where Wright saw him make a hand gesture like he was shooting a gun.

Eric Astin then tried to run over Wright with his car. When he missed, he backed up and tried again before driving off in what police described as a reckless manner.

The car brushed against Wright, but he was not seriously hurt.

Eric Astin was arraigned on attempted homicide, aggravated assault and related charges. He was released after posting $100,000 bond.


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