McDonald woman arrested in box cutter assault

June 17, 2014
Lynda Cacia

A McDonald woman accused of cutting her neighbor with a box cutter earlier this month following an argument was arrested Monday night by borough police.

Lynda Cacia, 61, of 110 S. McDonald St., was taken into custody on a warrant police had obtained after the June 8 incident.

Police were called to the Pitt Hotel bar, 110 S. McDonald St., about 10:30 p.m. for a report of a disturbance with a woman trying to cut a man with a box cutter. Police learned the woman cut herself and had been disarmed.

When police arrived, they found Cacia outside with blood all over her clothing. She had a fresh cut on her right hand. McDonald firefighters wrapped her hand until a Fort Cherry ambulance crew arrived on the scene.

Cacia told police that she had gotten into an argument with James Boyer over property belonging to her that he allegedly had in his possession. She told police that she took the box cutter and pointed it at him, accidentally cutting herself. Cacia, who had difficulty standing, told police that she had consumed 25 shots of alcohol in the previous 36 hours.

Two witnesses told police that Cacia and Boyer were arguing about money. They saw Boyer struggling to get the box cutter from Cacia. She was disarmed by the bartender.

Boyer, 52, also of 110 S. McDonald St., initially denied that a fight took place. He then admitted the two got into an argument and he was cut on the wrist.

Cacia was taken by ambulance to St. Clair Hospital for an evaluation after she reportedly threatened to harm herself, police said.

Cacia was arraigned before District Judge Mark Wilson on charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, simple assault, disorderly conduct, harassment and public drunkenness. She was placed in Washington County Jail on $10,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for June 25 at the office of Senior District Judge Mark Wilson.

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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