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Harrison man accused of assault

posted Apr 28, 2016, 1:26 PM by Joseph Gray

A 49-year-old Harrison man accused of trying to stab a Vandergrift woman in her residence Sunday was arrested Tuesday night.

Vandergrift police said Anthony Michael Irwin of Neeley Street had been hiding in a wooded area before he was spotted by police. Three Vandergrift officers arrested him.

Irwin was arraigned and sent to the Westmoreland County jail in lieu of bond pending a preliminary hearing in May.

Irwin's attack was “so violent that the steak knife blade snapped away from the handle,” said Patrolman Richard Gray, who investigated the Sunday assault.

He said the 40-year-old victim received defensive wounds to her arm and hand.

According to court papers, Irwin also is accused of attempting to strangle, punch and slap the woman before she was able to shove him out the door, lock it, and summon police on the cellphone he had tried to damage.

Irwin is charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault, three counts of simple assault and one count of reckless endangerment.

He was already on probation after pleading guilty to assaulting the same woman.

In December, he was sentenced to a jail term and two years of probation. A county judge gave him credit for serving 104 days in jail and permitted his probation to start immediately, records show.

In 1990 Irwin was sentenced to 4 to 20 years for third-degree murder in Allegheny County. According to the state Department of Corrections, Irwin was paroled on Dec. 5, 1993, but was returned to state prison on Jan. 13, 2005, for a parole violation. He was reparoled on Dec. 26, 2006.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4711 or

  Anthony Michael Irwin