Fayette man accused of trying to kill stepson

Mary Pickels
| Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

A Fayette County man who allegedly rammed his stepson's motorcycle in April, severely injuring him, has been charged with attempted homicide.

Timothy Eugene Rockwell, 47, of 5027 National Pike, Markleysburg, was arrested Oct. 15 in the incident involving Alan J. Rockwell Jr., 37, of Uniontown.

On April 3, police went to Route 51 near Bitner Road in North Union for a report of a possible assault involving a Ford Ranger truck and a Yamaha street motorcycle.

Kathleen Rockwell told police her estranged husband, Timothy Rockwell, came to a Bitner rental property they jointly owned on April 3 to do repairs, Trooper Craig Soltis said in an affidavit of probable cause filed with District Judge Wendy Dennis.

She said her son, Alan, was at her home. He left on his motorcycle 10 minutes after Timothy Rockwell drove away, she told police.

Five minutes later, she said, Rockwell called her and said her son had “wrecked.”

In a statement to police, Rockwell said he and his stepson were at odds and that he was then in a relationship with Alan Rockwell's wife.

According to court records and the complaint, Alan Rockwell recently had been sentenced to probation and house arrest for assaulting Timothy Rockwell with a pool cue.

On April 3, Timothy Rockwell said, he pulled off Route 51 to make a call. He said he returned to the roadway and was halfway into the passing lane when he heard a motorcycle, and the two vehicles collided.

According to police, Alan Rockwell referred to Timothy Rockwell as his “stepfather/uncle.”

During an April 4 interview at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va., Alan Rockwell told police that he noticed Rockwell's purple truck pulled off along Route 51. He said the truck “made a sudden movement into his lane” and struck him.

He said Timothy Rockwell continued to push the motorcycle off the roadway with his truck.

Alan Rockwell suffered two broken legs and other injuries, police said.

The affidavit noted that damage to Rockwell's truck and the fact that he should have been able to see the motorcycle were factors in the arrest.

Rockwell additionally is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated assault by vehicle, reckless endangerment and traffic violations.

Free on $50,000 bond, Rockwell faces a preliminary hearing Nov. 28 before Dennis.

Mary Pickels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-5401 or mpickels@tribweb.com.

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