'Uniontown Ninja' admits to assault
A Fayette County man who claimed to be a ninja after he allegedly stabbed a woman who confronted him as he rummaged through her car has entered guilty pleas to simple assault and theft from a motor vehicle, both misdemeanors.
Justin Jellots, 29, of South Union appeared on Wednesday before Senior Judge Conrad Capuzzi to enter the pleas in mental health court.
According to a plea sheet Jellots signed after consulting with defense attorney Anthony Dedola of Uniontown, prosecutors have recommended a sentence of six to 12 months incarceration and $530 restitution to the victim.
A more serious felony charge of robbery was withdrawn before the case was transferred from district court to county court.
In a criminal complaint, state police said a woman told them she found a man dressed in black inside her car at 11:45 p.m. April 8 on Southwood Drive in South Union. The man had a black scarf on his face that allowed only his eyes to show, police said, and he swung a knife at the woman, puncturing her left shoulder.
Jellots fled when the victim struck him with her purse and her daughter began yelling out a window at him, police said.
Police said that when they interviewed Jellots, he told them he is known as the “Uniontown Ninja.”
Jellots had been charged in a related case with aggravated assault, simple assault and criminal mischief in connection with an April 24, 2011, incident in South Union in which police said he tried to stab a man with a sword on Elm Street and broke out the windows of 11 cars, according to a criminal complaint.
The charges were dismissed following a preliminary hearing in September before South Union District Judge Joseph George Jr. because the assault victim did not appear to testify and the two-year statute of limitations on the criminal mischief charges had passed.
Liz Zemba is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or email@example.com.