S. Strabane man accused of trying to hit former co-worker with crowbar

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An employee of a Canonsburg cement contractor terminated from his job this week was arrested Thursday morning by borough police after he allegedly tried to hit a former co-worker with a crowbar.


Matt Buckels, 30, of 74 Enterprise Road, Washington, is accused of returning to Donaldson Supply Co., 40 Murdock St., and threatening the owner, Bob Camp, and his former co-worker, Richard Jones.


Officer Carl Fetcko, who filed the charges against Buckels, said Buckels had been fired and was told by Camp that he was no longer permitted on the property. Buckels was told he could return for his final paycheck Friday.


Buckels reportedly returned just before 7 a.m. Thursday and went into the office where Camp was with Jones. They told police that he told them, “My homies are coming to take care of you.”


Camp and Jones escorted Buckels outside, where he and Jones reportedly got into a physical altercation. Jones told police Buckels tried to punch him in the face, but that he was able to deflect the punch. Jones then punched Buckels in the head and took him to the ground, police said.


Jones told police that Buckels got up and ran to his pickup truck, grabbed a yellow crowbar and attempted to hit Jones with it several times.


When Buckels learned police had been called, he allegedly fled toward Houston. The initial report indicated that a firearm was involved in the incident. A Houston police officer spotted the truck and stopped it on North Avenue. Buckels told police he did not have a gun. He gave police permission to search the truck, and they say a yellow crowbar was found in the cab.


Buckels was taken to Canonsburg Hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in the altercation. Jones refused treatment for minor cuts and abrasions.


Buckels told Fetcko that he is on federal parole.


He was arraigned before District Judge David Mark on charges of terroristic threats, attempted aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, harassment and traffic violations. He was placed in Washington County Jail on $75,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 6 before Mark.


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