MONESSEN (KDKA)- A Westmoreland County man is accused of attacking a woman with a hatchet.
Police say 56-year-old Lamont Jackson attacked a woman from Monongahela at his home on Second Street in Monessen.
The victim, 31-year-old Jillian Brown, says Jackson hit her in the head with the hatchet. She ended up at a nearby pizza shop, where employees are now being credited with saving her life.
Surveillance video from inside the DelRosa’s Pizza shows Brown bleeding heavily from a massive head wound. Another woman, identified as Anna Marie Kokoska, helped to stabilize the injured woman.
According to police, Jackson allegedly attacked Brown when she rebuffed his physical advances. Enraged, police say Jackson grabbed the hatchet and struck Brown in the head.
Suffering a hatchet wound and bleeding profusely, the victim left the home and stumbled down Knox Avenue, desperately looking for help. She ended up at a pizza shop not far away.
Officers found Jackson about an hour later in the area of South 14th Street and Maple Avenue. They arrested him on outstanding drug warrants. Police found a crack pipe during the search.
He is now in the Westmoreland County Jail, facing charges of aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment. He is being held on $100,000 straight cash bond.
Kokoska continued to treat Brown until paramedics arrived.
“Anna jumped right out there, and it’s amazing, after I watched it on the video,” said David Smith, the owner of DelRosa’s Pizza. “She’s a great girl, really rose to the challenge.”
Brown was flown to a Pittsburgh-area hospital. Kokoska is being credited with helping to save Brown’s life.