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South Union 'ninja' to undergo evaluation in alleged Fayette stabbing

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 9:45 p.m.
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Justin Jellots, 29, of South Union, who police said claimed to be a ninja when he allegedly stabbed a woman, will undergo a mental health evaluation, according to his attorney.

A Fayette County man who police said claimed to be a ninja when he stabbed a woman will undergo a mental health evaluation, according to his attorney.

Justin Jellots, 29, of South Union, appeared before Scottdale District Judge Chuck Moore in Westmoreland County on Wednesday to waive his right to a preliminary hearing in an unrelated theft case.

Scottdale police in June charged Jellots with theft and receiving stolen property for the Oct. 22, 2010, theft of an iPod from a truck that was parked on Garfield Avenue. They filed the charges when DNA taken from blood discovered on the truck's console and a container of antifreeze matched that of Jellots, according to a criminal complaint.

After Jellots waived his right to a hearing on the charges, his attorney, Anthony S. Dedola Jr. of Uniontown, said Jellots is to undergo a mental health evaluation. Dedola declined additional comment.

Jellots last week waived his right to a preliminary hearing in a different case in which he is charged by state police at Uniontown with simple assault and theft for allegedly stabbing a woman.

In a criminal complaint, police said Jellots on April 8 stabbed the woman in the shoulder when she confronted him as he rummaged through her vehicle on Southwood Drive in South Union. The woman told police the man was dressed in black and had a black scarf on his face that allowed only his eyes to show. He swung a knife at her, puncturing her in the left shoulder, according to police.

The man fled when the woman struck him with her purse and her daughter began yelling out a window at him, according to the criminal complaint. Police said that when they interviewed Jellots about the April 8 incident, he told them he opens unlocked cars and is known as the “Uniontown Ninja.”

On Monday, state police at Uniontown charged Jellots with aggravated assault and simple assault for a third incident that occurred April 24, 2011. Police said Jellots broke out the windows of 11 cars in the area of Ben Franklin street in South Union and took various items, resulting in $3,020 in damage.

One of the victims, a male who was armed with a handgun, drove to Elm Street, where he saw Jellots lying in a yard, police said in a criminal complaint. The victim parked his car, shone his headlights on Jellots, pointed his handgun at him and ordered him not to move, according to the criminal complaint.

Jellots got up, entered the victim's car and attempted to stab him with a sword, police said. He fled after he broke the rear window of the vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.

A preliminary hearing for Jellots is scheduled before South Union District Judge Joseph George Jr, on the charges that were filed on Monday. He is in the Westmoreland County jail in lieu of bond, according to court records.

Liz Zemba is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or lzemba@tribweb.com.

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