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September 16, 2013

Man allegedly assaults, threatens woman with a knife during dispute

JOHNSTOWN — A Johnstown man held a woman captive, placed a knife to her throat and told her to prepare to die during a dispute Sunday in Stonycreek Township, authorities said.

Stonycreek Township police charged Depriest Alexander McCall, 24, with kidnapping, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, simple assault, possession of an instrument of crime, unlawful restraint and related charges.

In a criminal complaint, police said a dispute broke out between McCall and the woman around 1 a.m. inside an apartment in the 1100 block of Heeney Avenue.

McCall allegedly struck the woman in the head, threw her on the couch and held a knife to her throat.

“He told her to close her eyes and prepare to die because he was going to kill her,” police said in the complaint.

The woman tried to run but McCall caught her as she was running up the stairs. He allegedly grabbed her by the hair and threw her down the stairs, police said.

McCall then begged the woman not to call the police and to give him a second chance, police said.

The woman managed to text a friend for help, police said.

The friend called police and they took McCall into custody.

Police said multiple neighbors overheard the fight and the woman’s cries for help but they did not want to get involved.

McCall was arraigned by on-call District Judge Rick Varner of Salix.

He was sent to the Cambria County Prison after failing to post 10 percent of $150,000 bond.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at nowskiTD


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