Suspect Allegedly Said He Planned To Kill Victim, Steal Credit Cards


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MT. LEBANON (KDKA) — A man was arrested Friday after allegedly cutting another man’s throat with a box cutter at a Mt. Lebanon home.

The incident happened around 11:30 a.m. at a home on Pat Haven Drive near Bower Hill Road.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found a 53-year-old man suffering from a severe throat laceration. The victim was sent to a local hospital and was last reported to be in stable condition.

“We believe that if [the laceration] would have been probably a little bit deeper of a cut, it would have been much more significant in terms of his injuries,” Mt. Lebanon Police Chief Aaron Lauth said.

The victim told officers he invited an unknown man — later identified as 24-year-old Darius William Johnson, of Pittsburgh — into his home for unknown reasons.

Darius William Johnson (Photo Courtesy of Allegheny County)

According to a criminal complaint, the victim said while he was with Johnson, Johnson pulled his head backwards and cut his neck with a box cutter. The victim said he managed to get the box cutter away from Johnson. Johnson then picked up his backpack and left the house.

Officers found Johnson at the intersection of Bower Hill Road and Sylvandell Drive near the home where the incident happened. Officers also found that Johnson had an active warrant for his arrest and took Johnson into custody.

When officers searching Johnson and his backpack, they found yellow rubber gloves, black gloves with dark stains on them, a sweatshirt that had stains that looked like blood near the wrists and a Steelers tossle cap, which the victim had told officers the suspect was wearing.

Johnson’s backpack also allegedly had stains that looked like blood.

Police say the victim positively identified Johnson as the person who assaulted him.

The criminal complaint says Johnson allegedly told officers he went into the victim’s home with the intent to kill him so he could steal the victim’s credit cards and buy Amazon gift cards.

Johnson is facing multiple charges, including criminal attempted homicide, aggravated assault and robbery.