Donora man jailed in stabbing

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DONORA – A Donora man is in custody on charges he stabbed a man in the heart during an argument over the suspect’s refusal to wear clothing in his residence in the presence of a child.


Borough police have charged James R. Tyree Sr., 61, of 938 McKean Ave., with aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment over the Sept. 8 stabbing of Lamont Dixon, court records show.


Dixon remains in UPMC- Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh, with complications from open-heart surgery he underwent following the 7:50 p.m. stabbing. He also suffered a punctured lung in the attack with an unknown type of sharp instrument, police stated in the affidavit.


Dixon’s wife, Natasha, told police he was stabbed at his mother’s house after police were summoned that night to Mon Valley Hospital. He was later flown by medical helicopter to UPMC, the record shows.


She returned to the police station Monday, telling police she and her husband went to see Tyree the night of the stabbing to complain about his refusal to wear clothes.


Tyree appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and the Dixons decided to leave during the argument. Lamont Dixon fell against the wall while walking down stairs, and his wife thought he had been pushed by Tyree, police stated in the affidavit.


She turned to Tyree and said, “Are you serious?” after noticing blood running down her husband’s stomach.


“That’s right. I stuck him,” Tyree allegedly replied, according to her statements to police.


Tyree is in the Washington County jail on $25,000 bond set Thursday by District Judge Mark Wilson.


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