Donora pair facing numerous charges
A Donora man facing numerous charges in a home invasion is recovering from injuries suffered during a violent confrontation police allege he initiated.
Robert Zaladonis Jr., 43, of 519 Castner Ave. was flown by medical helicopter to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he was taken for injuries stemming from a fight Tuesday in the borough.
A hospital spokesman could not provide information on his condition or whether Zaladonis was still a patient there Thursday afternoon.
His wife, Heather Zaladonis, 34, also of 519 Castner Ave., was treated at Monongahela Valley Hospital in Carroll Township and later released.
Robert Zaladonis Jr. was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of burglary, criminal trespassing, discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure, and recklessly endangering another person.
Heather Zaladonis was charged with burglary, criminal conspiracy engaging, and hindering apprehension or prosecution.
According to police, the Zaladonises were sitting on their back porch shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday when Michael Chaney walked through their yard on the way to the 519 Rear Castner Ave. home of Deaubre Lightfoot. Robert Zaladonis Jr. yelled, telling Chaney and his friends to stay off his property. The two men allegedly exchanged obscenities.
A few minutes later, the Zaladonises reportedly kicked in the front door of Lightfoot's residence and brandished a .45-caliber pistol. Inside the home, Zaladonis Jr. allegedly kicked and broke a glass coffee table in the living room. The Zaladonises left, but returned a second and third time, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
When the couple returned the third time, they apologized. But as he was shaking hands with Lightfoot, Jamie Lightfoot attempted to pass and bumped in to Robert Zaladonis Jr. Zaladonis allegedly shoved Jamie Lightfoot. Deaubre Lightfoot reportedly jumped Zaladonis, and a fight ensued.
Donora police Superintendent James Brice said Deaubre Lightfoot would probably not be charged.
“It was a very complicated situation,” Brice said, “But if someone breaks into your house, you have a right to defend yourself.”
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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