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Plum man charged with beating mom, sister on Mother's Day

Paul Peirce
| Monday, May 15, 2017, 12:48 p.m.
Richard Ward, 58, of Plum, faces assault and other charges after police arrested him on Sunday, May 14, 2017 -- Mother's Day -- for allegedly attacking his elderly mother and sister in Murrysville, Westmoreland County.
Richard Ward, 58, of Plum, faces assault and other charges after police arrested him on Sunday, May 14, 2017 -- Mother's Day -- for allegedly attacking his elderly mother and sister in Murrysville, Westmoreland County.

A Plum man is behind bars after Murrysville Police charged him with assaulting his 87-year-old mother and 64-year-old sister with a cane on Mother's Day.

Richard K. Ward, 58, was arraigned Monday on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, making terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness following the alleged attack around 9 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of his mother's home in the 3800 block of Brookside Lane.

His mother, Margaret Ward, and sister, Linda Ward, required treatment at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, according to an affidavit filed before Export District Judge Charles Conway.

The judge ordered Richard Ward held in the Westmoreland County Prison on $5,000 bond.

Police received numerous calls around 9 p.m. about a man beating a woman with a club, Murrysville Officer Jasen Bethlehem reported in the affidavit.

Police arrived and found the three people involved in the incident already had been separated, but Ward's mother and sister “were visibly upset, with Margaret Ward displaying a large laceration to her left eye,” Bethlehem wrote.

Linda Ward, who lives with her mother, told police her brother was intoxicated and asleep in his vehicle when she and their mother went out to tell him to come inside.

Richard Ward “became angry” and pushed his mother to the ground, causing her to cut her head above the left eye on the sidewalk, Linda Ward told police.

“Richard Ward then shoved Linda Ward to the ground, taking her walking cane from her, and repeatedly struck her with her own cane. ...” Bethlehem wrote.

Witnesses told police that Richard Ward struck both women with the cane. He also kicked his sister in the back where she had recently had surgery performed, police said.

Witnesses said Richard Ward refused to stop despite their pleas and had to be restrained by others, police said. His “speech was slurred, and he was emitting a strong odor of alcoholic beverages,” according to the affidavit.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled May 30.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2860, or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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