AMBRIDGE (KDKA) – A 400-pound man from Ambridge is accused of slashing his neighbor’s throat after the neighbor made some profane comments toward him.
Harold McDaniels Sr. said it wasn’t comments about his weight, but other profane remarks that made him mad.
Now, he’s offering an apology to the victim.
He said it began with his neighbor, Keith Moffatt, yelling and breaking glass next door. McDaniels said he asked if he could help him with something.
According to police, that’s when Moffatt threatened McDaniels and made a couple of profane remarks about his weight.
McDaniels said he feared for his safety, so he reached for a knife that was in a drying rack in the kitchen.
“I swung, and I cut him and that’s what happened,” McDaniels said.
According to police, the cut was severe, starting below Moffatt’s jawline near his ear and stretching to his windpipe. He was taken to Allegheny General Hospital, where he went into surgery.
McDaniels is facing aggravated assault and reckless endangerment charges, but Acting Ambridge Police Chief James Mann said it could have been worse.
“He’s lucky he’s not in jail for murder because another couple centimeters, according to the doctors at Allegheny General, and we would have had a homicide on our hands,” Chief Mann said.
McDaniels claims Moffatt punched him in the chest just before he sliced Moffatt’s neck, but there’s no mention of that in the police report.
The incident happened Saturday night, and McDaniels is now offering an apology to the victim.
“I’m sorry he got hurt like that because I didn’t truly mean to do it like that,” McDaniels said. “I figured if he got it, it would probably be on his arm”
McDaniels uses a cane and a scooter to get around and he’s never been in trouble with the law before.