Two arrested in stabbing

January 18, 2013

A North Franklin Township man and Washington woman were arrested Thursday by Washington police in connection with the stabbing of a Washington man last month outside a home in Lincoln Terrace.

Tracy Medlen, 20, of 253 Roosevelt St., is charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment for allegedly stabbing 24-year-old Brandon Sarasnick in the chest Dec. 29. Shelissa Chandler, 20, of 340 1/2 E. Prospect Ave., is charged with hindering apprehension for failing to provide police with Medlen’s name or whereabouts.

Police learned Sarasnick had gone to Pickle’s Saloon, where he met several people, according to court documents. He then went with them to Cozy Corner in Canton Township. He reportedly accepted a ride home from Chandler.

The two stopped at 204 Lincoln Terrace. He went into the home with Chandler and the resident.

Medlen entered the residence uninvited, police said. He reportedly got into an argument with Sarasnick and grabbed a kitchen knife. Sarasnick and Chandler left the house, being chased by Medlen, police said. While they were outside, Medlen reportedly stabbed Sarasnick.

Police said Sarasnick reportedly pleaded with Chandler to help. Medlen reportedly forced Sarasnick away from her vehicle. He and Chandler then left in her vehicle.

Sarasnick was taken to Washington Hospital and then transferred to UPMC-Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment.

Chandler reportedly denied giving a ride to Medlen, who initially was identified as Trey Pound. He was described as having a large CUT tattoo across the front of his neck.

Medlen and Chandler each were arraigned before District Judge Robert Redlinger. Medlen was placed in the Washington County jail on $25,000 bond while Chandler was put in jail on $5,000 bond. A preliminary hearing for the pair is set for Jan. 28 before Redlinger.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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