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Avonmore man jailed for assault on a woman and her dog in Bell Township

Stephen Huba
| Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, 11:09 p.m.
Brian M. Frain, 33
Brian M. Frain, 33

An Avonmore man is in jail after police say he allegedly threatened to kill a woman and her dog Wednesday night.

Brian M. Frain, 33, is charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person.

The charges stem from an incident in Bell Township, according to a complaint filed Thursday by state Trooper Joseph Volpe.

The woman told police that an argument escalated to a physical altercation, at which point she went outside with the dog to calm the situation, the complaint said.

Frain then came outside with a knife, first holding it to the dog's throat and then grabbing the woman by the hair and holding it to her throat, the complaint said.

“I'm not afraid of your (expletive) dog, and I will kill your (expletive) dog and you,” the complaint quoted him as saying.

The woman said she took the knife from Frain and threw it in the yard.

She had a minor scratch to her throat and minor scratches to both arms, police said.

Frain was arraigned before District Judge Jason Buczak on Thursday. He is being held in the Westmoreland County Prison on a $50,000 bond.

Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-1280, or via Twitter @shuba_trib.

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