HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A man is facing charges after allegedly breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s house with a chainsaw and attacking a contractor.READ MORE: Westmoreland Co. Board Of Elections Making Changes, Restructuring
According to police, the incident happened at a home in the 3000 block of Scott Avenue in Hopewell Township on Saturday.
“Our officers responded to the location, they were greeted by a female homeowner and a male on the scene doing home remodeling work,” Hopewell Township Police Chief Brian Uhrmacher said.
Investigators say the contractor explained a man had used a chainsaw to break down the back door of the home. The contractor was able to identify the suspect as his friend – 44-year-old Eugene Bryant.
“The female’s ex-boyfriend had been at the residence armed with a chainsaw and had made a cut in the door,” said Chief Uhrmacher.
Once inside, Bryant went after the contractor with the chainsaw still running.READ MORE: Black Bear Spotted Roaming Near Rt. 981 In New Alexandria
The contractor told police he was able to wrestle Bryant to the ground and pry the chainsaw away. After some pleading, the contractor released Bryant, who grabbed his chainsaw and fled the scene in his vehicle.
Later that day, he turned himself into police.
The contractor said Bryant likely believed he was dating his ex-girlfriend and “became enraged.” He said Bryant had been calling all week and leaving threatening voicemails. In one message, Bryant allegedly threatened to burn down his ex-girlfriend’s house.
No one was injured in the incident.
Bryant later turned himself in and was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, criminal mischief and aggravated assault.MORE NEWS: Police Searching For Missing 82-Year-Old Merilyn Penn
Bryant is being held in the Beaver County Jail and faces a preliminary hearing on Monday, April 30.