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South Greensburg man charged with attempted homicide in machete attack

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

A South Greensburg man who was angry that his girlfriend telephoned an ex-boyfriend for a ride home on Friday allegedly attacked the man with a machete, Penn Township police said.

David R. Clara, 55, was charged by township police with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, making terroristic threats and harassment in connection with the attack that allegedly occurred about 6:35 p.m. Friday on Bushy Run Road.

Clara's girlfriend wrecked on Route 30 near Westmoreland Mall, and she telephoned a former boyfriend who lives nearby for a ride, according to court documents.When the girlfriend and the former boyfriend arrived at her Forbes Road residence, “Clara was yelling ... visibly upset and angry,” township police Officer Joseph Lewis wrote in an affidavit of probable cause.

Police said Clara and the man exchanged words, then Clara walked to his vehicle and took out a 2 12-foot-long machete and began swinging it at the alleged victim.

Witnesses told Lewis that Clara was yelling “I'm going to kill you,” while repeatedly swinging the machete at the man's head. Clara missed the man's head on four swings, but struck his left hand, causing a deep gash, witnesses said.

Clara fled the scene but was apprehended in the parking lot of Primanti Brothers restaurant in Greensburg by state and city police.

Clara posted $10,000 bond set by District Judge Frank Pallone, pending a preliminary hearing on Aug. 6 before Kistler.

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

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