Monessen man accused of assaulting relative, jailed on $100K bail |

Monessen man accused of assaulting relative, jailed on $100K bail

Paul Peirce

A 21-year-old Monessen man remained in the Westmoreland County Prison on $100,000 bail after being accused over the weekend of assaulting of a female relative and cutting her hands.

City police arrested Stephen Matinsky just before 7 a.m. Sunday after finding him hiding in the basement of his Dennis Avenue home, according to Officer Aaron Thompson. He is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, making terroristic threats, harassment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. He was arraigned before night court District Judge Frank Pallone.

Police were dispatched to the 1200 block of Dennis Street at 6 a.m. to investigate reports of “three people in the middle of the street fighting,” Thompson reported in court documents.

When he arrived, Thompson said he was met by a younger female relative of Matinsky “who had blood on both her hands, her forearms, neck and clothing.”

She and witnesses told police Matinsky and several others were drinking at a residence on the 1200 block on Dennis Street. Matinsky and the woman began arguing outside “and Stephen used an unknown object that caused multiple lacerations to (the victim’s) hands,” Thompson wrote.

The woman was treated at the scene by emergency personnel and then taken to Mon Valley Hospital in Carroll Township.

Police recovered a “bloody” box cutting knife that was missing its blade and a tire repair spike with blood on its handle.

Matinsky fled but was found in his basement about one hour later.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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