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Springdale man jailed after assault on boss

| Friday, March 23, 2012

A Springdale man is accused of slashing and stabbing his boss in a fight about money early Thursday, police said.

Eric Jeffrey Lindeman, 28, of 922 Logan St., is accused of using a box cutter to cut his 33-year-old tree-cutting boss, who lives at the same address.

Police said the fight broke out shortly after 1 a.m. Another man who also lives at that address momentarily broke up the fight.

Police allege that's when Lindeman grabbed a box cutter and began to cut and stab the victim. Lindeman also was cut when he wrestled with the victim in the living room.

When Springdale police Officer Jeremy Liotta and Cheswick police Officer Cindy Bush arrived at the blood-soaked house, they found the victim with a 4-inch cut to the side of his face and stab wounds in his chest and stomach.

Paramedics told Liotta that the facial wound was deep enough to expose bone.

The victim was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital where he underwent surgery.

The suspect had fled the house by the time police arrived.

Liotta said he left the house about 2:30 a.m. and "immediately had a feeling someone was nearby."

He spotted Lindeman trying to hide behind a 3-foot stack of cinder blocks and arrested him at gunpoint.

"I took a large knife from Lindeman's pocket," he said.

Police Chief Joe Naviglia said it appears Lindeman wanted to get back into the house.

Lindeman was treated for injuries and later was arraigned by District Judge David J. Sosovicka. A handcuffed and manacled Lindeman was wearing a blood-stained hospital gown over his clothing. His shoes had been removed.

Lindeman was charged with aggravated and simple assault, theft, reckless endangering, harassment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

Sosovicka ordered Lindeman to be taken to the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $200,000 cash bond pending a preliminary hearing scheduled in his courtroom for Monday.

Chuck Biedka can be reached at cbiedka@tribweb.com.

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