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Man charged in stabbing in South Huntingdon club

Mary Pickels
| Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 9:01 p.m.

A Pittsburgh man charged with assaulting two men at a Hempfield nightspot is charged with stabbing a man in an exotic dance club in South Huntingdon last summer.

State police allege Davon D. Evans, 23, of 2108 Bentley Drive, Terrace Village, slashed John Daniel Walsh, no age or address available, on July 23 at the HiWay Playground, off Interstate 70.

Police said Walsh suffered significant blood loss, and the wound to his face required 70 stitches.

Police said Evans was involved in an altercation with a woman at the club at 4:30 a.m. when Walsh attempted to intervene. When Evans began yelling at him, Walsh backed away and said he did not want to be involved, police said.

Evans then reached into his waistband and retrieved a weapon, lunged at Walsh and struck him across the left side of his face, police said. Evans left, and Walsh contacted police.

Walsh was treated at Excela Health Westmoreland and later was taken to UPMC Presbyterian because of the severity of his injuries, police said.

Evans was charged last week before District Judge Charles Moore with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment. He faces a preliminary hearing before Moore on Feb. 22.

Last month, Evans was held for trial after a preliminary hearing before District Judge Mark Mansour on charges resulting from separate confrontations at Rodney's Lounge on Nov. 26.

Corey Frohnhofer, 23, of Pittsburgh testified that he stepped in between Evans and another patron at the Wendel Road bar as they scuffled after Evans twice grabbed a woman from behind. Frohnhofer said he stepped between the men and attempted to restrain Evans when he saw him reach into his pocket.

He testified he needed 15 stitches to close a wound on the left side of his face.

Chaz Bazzo, 25, of Herminie told the court that he was smoking a cigarette in the parking lot when Evans walked toward him, "acting crazy."

Bazzo thought Evans punched him in the back of the head and stomach. He showed Mansour a 4-inch-long scar behind his left ear, allegedly caused by Evans' knife, and said he suffered a 10-inch-long superficial cut across his stomach.

Both men testified that Evans bit them, requiring them to get tetanus shots.

Charges in that incident included aggravated assault, simple assault, disorderly conduct, harassment and indecent assault.

Evans remains in the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bond.

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