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Bowling alley melee leads to stabbings

| Sunday, March 18, 2012

A shouting match between two women outside a Lincoln Place bowling alley triggered a brawl that led to more than a dozen people fighting and the stabbing of two men, who were left sprawled on the pavement, bleeding.

Authorities have charged Brandy Zetler, 32, of McKeesport and her brother, Keith Zetler, 29, of Glassport with a count each of aggravated assault in connection with the knifings.

About 3 a.m. Sunday, Pittsburgh police were called to Playmor Bowling Lanes at 5800 Buttermilk Road. They found Andrew Butler with stab wounds on his left arm and stomach, and his brother, Antoine, with cuts on his left arm, which was broken.

Witnesses told police that an expletive triggered a melee, with as many as 10 people on each side fighting. They said that a tall woman with multiple piercings on her ears and face knifed Antoine Butler. While two women were brawling, Keith Zetler allegedly stabbed Andrew Butler in the stomach with a folding knife before running away with his sister and another woman when they heard the police were coming, according to court documents.

Witnesses gave police a license plate number belonging to a red Ford SUV, and authorities traced it to McKeesport. A McKeesport Police Department officer saw the vehicle at Lysle and Market Streets. They said the Zetlers and another woman were in the car. Police said they found a knife with a 3 1/2-inch blade in Keith Zetler's pocket.

After officers arrested them, Keith Zetler, who is white, said that he had been attacked by a black man and pulled out the knife "and began slashing out to protect himself," according to court documents. His sister said that she didn't stab anyone "or even realize that there had been a stabbing," documents said.

According to the police report, the Butler brothers were taken to UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland. Andrew Butler was listed in guarded condition and Antoine was in fair condition.

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