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McKees Rocks man turns himself in, saying he stabbed bicyclist on Smithfield Bridge

| Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, 5:09 p.m.
James Malone, 22, of McKees Rocks turned himself in Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, on charges that he stabbed a bicyclist on the Smithfield Street Bridge.
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James Malone, 22, of McKees Rocks turned himself in Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, on charges that he stabbed a bicyclist on the Smithfield Street Bridge.

A McKees Rocks man turned himself into police on charges that he stabbed a bicyclist on the Smithfield Street Bridge.

James Malone, 22, was arraigned Tuesday on aggravated assault and other counts. He was being held Tuesday in lieu of a $3,000 bond at the Allegheny County Jail.

He was crossing the bridge Friday night when two bicyclists said, “On your left,” as they tried to pass, according to a criminal complaint.

Malone yelled, “I'm having a bad day. You move out of the way,” then pulled out a 6-inch pocket knife and lunged at a man on a bike, police allege in the complaint.

The bicyclist put his left forearm in front of his face to protect himself. He received 10 to 15 stitches to a large gash on his arm.

Malone then grabbed the man's bicycle and threw it over the bridge into the Monongahela River. He chased the other bicyclist and a bystander with the knife before fleeing.

When Malone turned himself in Monday, he told police, “I'm the one who stabbed the guy on the Smithfield Bridge,” according to the complaint.

He told detectives he had a meltdown at work, and his manager gave him permission to leave early. Court records do not list an attorney for him.

Tony Raap is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7827 or traap@tribweb.com.

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