By Ross Guidotti

GARFIELD (KDKA) – A woman was injured during an early Monday morning home invasion in Garfield.

According to police, the incident happened in the 5300-block of Columbo Street around midnight.

Pittsburgh police arrived after a woman called saying her former boyfriend had tried to kill her.

Once inside, officers found a blood trail and followed it to an upstairs bathroom. There, they discovered the victim beaten so severely that her eyes were swollen shut and she was bleeding from cuts to her head.

It didn’t take long for officers to find the alleged attacker hiding in an upstairs closet.

He has been identified as 29-year-old LeBaron Jake McCoy. He fought with police before being taken into custody.

The victim told officers McCoy broke into her townhome by kicking in a back window and then attacked her with a butter knife. She said he gashed her head before he began beating her.

Paramedics thought the victim had a fractured skull based on the swelling.

The woman was rushed to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital and was last listed in stable condition. The injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

McCoy was taken to the Allegheny County Jail and is facing a list of charges including, unlawful entry, burglary, aggravated assault and violating a protection from abuse order.


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