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Lemont Furnace boss accused of breaking employee's hands

| Monday, July 7, 2014, 4:30 p.m.

A Lemont Furnace man is accused of using a metal pipe to break the hands of an employee who wanted to quit, according to a police criminal complaint.

Dean M. Neiderhiser, 18, is charged by city police with aggravated assault and two counts of simple assault following the July 3 incident.

Leno Evangelista told police he was working for Neiderhiser at an Evergreen Terrace residence when the two began to argue at 7:38 p.m.

When he told Neiderhiser he planned to quit when they finished the job, Neiderhiser “grabbed a pipe and came after him with it,” hitting Evangelista “in the hands and head,” the complaint said.

Another employee and two other witnesses who saw the incident from across the street gave similar accounts, but Neiderhiser told police he struck Evangelista with his hands.

When police arrived, one of Evangelista's hands was swollen and both were “shaking uncontrollably,” the complaint said. Evangelista told police that both hands were broken. Officers noted a bump and small cut on his left temple.

Neiderhiser was arraigned before on-call District Judge Richard Kasunic II of Perry Township and placed in the Fayette County Prison in lieu of $20,000 bond. He faces a preliminary hearing on July 15 before Uniontown District Judge Michael Metros.

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