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Hearing Slated For Man Charged in Attempted Homicide

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
November 06, 2017
Posted in: Crime and Police News

TW: Domestic violence

A McKeesport man is charged by city police with attempted homicide in connection with a violent domestic dispute.

Andre Taylor, 44, faces a preliminary hearing Nov. 20 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, unlawful restraint and simple assault.

Court officials said Taylor is being held in Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $7,000 cash bond.

McKeesport police said officers were dispatched to a home on Baldwin Avenue early on the morning of Sept. 26 when callers reported a domestic dispute in progress.

When police arrived, according to a report, they saw blood leading from the street to the sidewalk and then to the front door of the home.

A man came to the door, police said, telling officers "everything is OK," and that his girlfriend was "sleeping," despite the fact that officers could see a pool of blood on the floor.

As police insisted that they needed to talk to the man's girlfriend, she came down the stairs, bleeding heavily from a head wound, and told officers, "I'm going to die" before collapsing on the front porch.

McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service paramedics responded and rushed the woman to UPMC Mercy hospital for treatment.

The victim told police that the man, whom police identified as Taylor, struck her repeatedly over the head with a baseball bat until the bat eventually broke.

"He tried to kill me," she said, according to a police report.

Police said they found the top part of the bat on the floor at the front door of the house, and the lower half of the bat on the landing of the stairs to the second floor.

The victim's daughter told police that although she did not see the baseball bat attack, she did hear her mother screaming for help, and saw Taylor drag her from the street into the house.

Allegheny County's child abuse hotline was notified, police said, and the victim's daughter is receiving help through the county's Department of Human Services.

Editor's Note: Tube City Almanac does not identify victims of suspected domestic abuse or their children.

Originally published November 06, 2017.

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