UNIONTOWN (KDKA) – A man has been arrested for allegedly striking an employee with a steel pipe during an argument.

According to the criminal complaint, the incident happened at a home on Evergreen Terrace in Uniontown on July 3.

When police arrived at the scene, both parties involved in the altercation had already been separated.

“Two guys that got at each other’s throats for working together for the whole day… end of the day and [an] argument ensued,” said Lt. Tom Kolencik, of Uniontown Police.

Officers spoke with the suspect, 49-year-old Dean Neiderhiser, who said he and his crew had been working at the residence when a verbal altercation with the victim, 45-year-old Leno Evangelista – an employee of D&D Maintenance, started.

Neiderhiser told police he struck the victim with his hands. However, Evangelista told police a very different story.

During the argument, the victim informed Neiderhiser that he was going to quit after the job they were working on was completed.

In the criminal complaint, according to neighbors, Neiderhiser, the owner of the company, grabbed a shower curtain rod out of his truck and started whacking Evangelista.

“Injuries were a laceration to the back of the head, both of his hands were swollen,” said Lt. Kolencik.

Officers observed swelling on both hands and a bump with a minor cut on the victim’s left temple. He was treated and released from Uniontown Hospital.

“I just spoke with him, he has a concussion,” said Lt. Kolencik. “One of the hands is just swelled, it’s not broken. The other one has a lot of fluid on it. He’s gonna have to go back once he fluid’s down for another x-ray.”

Neiderhiser was taken into custody and is facing a list of charges, including aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment. He was released from the Fayette County Jail on a $20,000 bond.


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