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Hazelwood man charged in South Side stabbing of Steeler

| Monday, June 3, 2013, 6:21 p.m.
Michael C. Paranay, 25, is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and related crimes in the attempted carjacking of Steeler Mike Adams.

A Hazelwood man was arrested Monday on charges stemming from the stabbing of Steelers offensive lineman Mike Adams during an attempted carjacking.

Michael C. Paranay, 25, is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and related crimes for the incident that occurred about 2:55 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of East Carson and South 17th streets in the South Side, said police Lt. Kevin Kraus, acting commander of Pittsburgh's Major Crimes squad.

Paranay is accused of sucker-punching Adams while one companion pointed a handgun at the right tackle and threatened to kill him and another stabbed him, causing a lacerated colon, according to a criminal complaint.

Adams, 23, underwent surgery at UPMC Mercy, Uptown, and is expected to make a full recovery.

Neither of the other assailants has been arrested.

According to the complaint, Adams told police:

He left a restaurant, walked to his truck and was approached by three men, who told him it was a nice vehicle.

One man pulled out a handgun and demanded, “Gimme your car!”

Adams said, “You aren't going to shoot me on the street in front of people.” The gunman replied, “I want your car or I'll shoot you in the face and kill you in front of everyone!”

At that point, Paranay moved behind Adams and struck him, and the third companion stabbed him in the abdomen and slashed his forearm. As the assailants ran off, one dropped a cellphone.

A warrant was obtained for Paranay after detectives found his name and photo on the phone and Adams picked him out of a photo array.

Paranay was awaiting arraignment in Night Court.

Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-320-7820 or mhasch@tribweb.com.

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