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Local Landowner Describes Altercation With Security Guard

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SEWICKLEY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — The man who owns an access road leading to a gas well is speaking out about what he calls a misunderstanding with a security guard.

It happened off of Rillton-Sutersville Road in Sewickley Township, Westmoreland County, around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

Property owner Bruce Plassio says he wanted to look around, but didn’t have the appropriate ID to show the security guard.

“Kid threw a fit, got real smart with me,” he said. “I go up to the other guard shack, ain’t no guard up there.”

Police say the guard followed Plassio and there was another altercation near the gas well site. The two then headed back to the guard booth.

“Come back down here, kid takes off through my field, drives all through everything, through my dad’s front yard, said I was chasing him with a gun or something,” he said.

Plassio says he did not have a gun, but admits to driving over some orange cones and knocking over a security booth after the guard left.

“I was a little pissed off since he drove all through everything, so I pushed it over the hill right there,” he said.

Police say the security guard was the victim.

“And the guy ‘s just doing his job – there’s no reason why there has to be this altercation that took place, the property owner doesn’t have to be aggressive, doesn’t have to display a type of weapon which is what’s reported in this case,” State Trooper Steve Limani said. “Those aren’t things that need to have happened.”

Plassio says he was angry that the guard left tracks in his yard.

“You don’t have to do donuts in my corn and my hayfield and all that,” Plassio said.

On a news release, state police list the nature of the incident as reckless endangerment, terroristic threats, harassment and criminal mischief, but no charges have been filed.

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