MONESSEN (KDKA) — A Westmoreland County man is accused of attacking a family member with a box cutter and a tire spike because he thought she was trying to hit on his girlfriend.
Police say shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday, they got a call about a fight going on in the middle of Dennis Avenue between Spruce Street and Pine Street in Monessen.READ MORE: Jury Finds Charles Becher, Accused In Club Erotica Shooting, Guilty Of Third-Degree Murder
“Woke up 6:30 and seen all kinda ambulances and cop cars,” neighbor Althea McDonnell said.
The emergency vehicles were there to treat a young woman whose hands had been slashed open. The woman is a relative of 21-year-old Stephen Matinsky.
When asked how she was injured, the woman allegedly said, “He did this to me. He went crazy.”
Witnesses told police Matinsky attacked the family member with a box cutter and a tire repair spike after accusing her of making romantic advances toward his girlfriend.READ MORE: Westinghouse Academy Student In Custody After Police Find Weapon Near Campus
According to witnesses, Matinsky may have had a .45 caliber pistol at some point. Police couldn’t locate the pistol, but KDKA crews spotted a cartridge for a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol near the scene of the alleged incident.
While no gun was recovered, police did find a bloody box cutter and a blood tire repair tool.
Police caught Matinsky about an hour later. He was found hiding in the basement of his nearby home.
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The victim suffered multiple lacerations. She was treated and released from a local hospital.