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Uniontown man charged with sword attack

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 11:09 p.m.

A North Union man escaped serious injury Friday when a Uniontown man slashed him with a sword, state police said.

Shane L. Tyson, 36, is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment for attacking Chad E. Workman outside Workman's home along Garden Lane about 7:36 a.m., according to police.

Workman awoke to an argument outside his front door between Workman's wife, Stephanie, and Tyson, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed before District Judge Wendy Dennis.

Stephanie Workman had dated Tyson, who was calling her names as the two argued over a bank card, police said.

“(Chad) Workman related that he woke up, walked to the door and asked Tyson to leave,” Trooper Marc Packrall wrote in the affidavit.

Tyson then pulled a sword out of an orange bamboo case he was carrying and struck Chad Workman on the left side of his body, causing a large laceration, both Workmans told police.

“Workman related that he then grabbed a spatula and metal brush off his grill on the porch to defend himself,” Packrall wrote.

Tyson fled.

Workman was treated at Uniontown Hospital and released that same day, according to police.

When troopers later questioned Tyson at his home, he claimed he went to the Workman home to retrieve his bank card. He said he was attacked by Chad Workman with the grilling utensils, so he struck Workman with the sword in self-defense, the affidavit said.

Tyson was arraigned and released after posting $15,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 13 before Dennis.

Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or at

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