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Cops: Man accused in ax assault in North Irwin charged with second beating

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A Claridge man awaiting trial on two counts of attempted homicide and assault charges for allegedly breaking into a North Irwin apartment and attacking his ex-girlfriend and a man with a battle ax and a porcelain statue in March was charged Wednesday with assaulting the man in February, according to court documents..

Irwin police patrolman Justin Hott alleges Benson William Perry, 35, walked through an unlocked door of the couple’s Penn Avenue apartment about 4:30 p.m. Feb. 25 and assaulted the male victim by repeatedly striking him on the head “and telling him he was going to kill him,” according to an affidavit of probable cause filed before North Huntingdon District Judge Wayne Gongaware.

Perry has been held in the Westmoreland County Prison on $500,000 bond since his March 12 arrest for a brutal attack on the couple .

In the second case, police allege Perry removed a door from its hinges at the Penn Avenue apartment about 7:30 a.m. and attacked the male victim with the axe. The man told police he heard someone tampering with the door just before Perry barged in, according to a police affidavit.

Perry allegedly hit the man on the head with the axe and a porcelain statue, which shattered, police said. The victim needed staples for the head wounds and stitches for a hand injury, police said.

Perry allegedly pushed his ex-girlfriend to the ground, and she suffered lacerations to her head and thumb from the axe.

Both victims said Perry threatened to kill them during the attack, according to the affidavit.

Both were covered with blood when officers arrived, police said. They were taken to AHN Forbes Hospital in Monroeville.

Perry fled before investigators arrived, but he was arrested hours later.

When Perry was arrested for the March incident, police said they had responded to a Feb. 25 assault incident in the same apartment, but had not yet filed charges in that case.

The filing of the criminal charges in the earlier assault comes after Perry petitioned Common Pleas Court Judge Meagan Bilik-DeFazio last month to have his $500,000 bond lowered. Bilik-DeFazio denied the petition, and ordered Perry undergo a mental health evaluation.

Gongaware has scheduled a preliminary hearing on the February assault charge set for July 18.

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