Arrest warrants issued in Charleroi bar stabbings

July 1, 2014
MD Bar & Grill, the site of multiple stabbings last week - Scott Beveridge / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

CHARLEROI – A Donora man is wanted along with two others in connection with a Charleroi bar brawl last week that left five people with either stab wounds or lacerations caused with a box cutter.

Charleroi police accuse Thomas G. Gentry, 30, of 546 Thompson Ave., Donora, of charging into MD Bar & Grill early June 25 wielding a knife, accompanied by his girlfriend, who also is facing charges stemming from the brawl.

His girlfriend, Rose Brown, 33, of Belle Vernon, was also identified as being among the injured, and the couple were expected to turn themselves in this morning for their arraignments in the case before District Judge Larry Hopkins, a court official said.

The couple were kicked out of the bar at 731 McKean Ave. prior to the disturbance in which Gentry accused other bar patrons of “wanting to get with his girl,” the affidavit supporting the charges states.

Police said the couple returned to the bar shortly before 2 a.m. and were trying to get back inside when someone unlocked the door to let another patron leave.

At that point, patron Donald Laughland, 45, of Charleroi, received a stab wound and then was assisted by Terry L. Newton Jr. and Chris Majors in pushing Gentry and Brown back outside, police said.

Newton, 24, of Charleroi, allegedly pulled out a box cutter and used it to slash Gentry.

Numerous vehicles were pulling away from the bar when police arrived on scene and found a large trail of blood leading to where Brown and Gentry were viewed about a block away. Gentry was covered in blood after suffering numerous wounds in the assault.

Police said Brown interfered with paramedics while they treated Gentry, and she eventually called someone for a ride to Monessen.

A Washington County 911 dispatcher soon alerted police that Newton and Majors, 45, of Monessen, were being treated for their injuries at Mon Valley Hospital.

The folding knife used in the attack was located later in a flower bed outside 811 McKean Ave., the affidavit indicates.

All five involved in the fight suffered lacerations, none of which was life-threatening, police said.

Gentry is facing charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, simple assault, having a prohibited offensive weapon, criminal mischief and conspiracy. Brown is facing charges of obstructing emergency services, disorderly conduct, conspiracy and public drunkenness. Police filed one charge of aggravated assault against Newton.

Scott Beveridge is a North Charleroi native who has lived most of his life in nearby Rostraver Township. He is a general assignments reporter focusing on investigative journalism and writing stories about the mid-Mon Valley. He has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's from Duquesne University. Scott spent three weeks in Vietnam in 2004 as a foreign correspondent under an International Center for Journalists fellowship.

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