Elizabeth Township man charged with baseball bat, knife attack on former roommate |

Elizabeth Township man charged with baseball bat, knife attack on former roommate

Renatta Signorini
Jason Wedel

An Allegheny County man allegedly attacked his former Trafford roommate this week with a knife and a baseball bat, according to police.

Jason Tyler Wedel, 32, of Elizabeth Township was arraigned Friday morning on attempted homicide and related charges stemming from the alleged assault Wednesday.

Doctors at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville removed a metal shard believed to be the tip of a knife from the male victim’s skull, police said.

Police were summoned to the Short Street home at 11:25 a.m. Wednesday for a reported assault, according to a criminal complaint filed by borough Patrolman Joseph Riley. They found the victim bleeding from the head and back and a few puncture wounds on his back, the complaint states.

The victim told police that he was sleeping on a couch at his home when Wedel struck him in the head with a bat. Police said that the pair began to struggle in the living room and moved into the kitchen, where Wedel allegedly grabbed a knife.

“(The victim) told officers that Wedel told him that he was going to kill him,” Riley wrote in the complaint. “(The victim) told officers that when Wedel slipped on the floor that he was able to subdue Wedel … .”

Wedel left the home and the victim grabbed a knife and ran to a neighbor’s residence for help, police said.

The victim told police that Wedel had been his roommate earlier in November. The victim told officers that Wedel stole two guitars and a rifle from him, but he did not report the incident to police, according to the affidavit.

Investigators retrieved from the victim’s home a knife with blood on the blade, empty heroin packets and a silver aluminum bat with trace amounts of blood, according to the affidavit. The kitchen was in disarray and officers noticed blood splattered throughout the room, police said.

Wedel said he was acting in self-defense when the victim allegedly attacked him with a hockey stick, according to police. Wedel said he didn’t hit the victim with a bat or stab him with a knife.

Three hockey sticks “stacked neatly” were found inside the victim’s kitchen, but none had blood on them, which made Wedel’s story seem “unlikely,” Riley wrote.

Police said Wedel was treated at Forbes Hospital for finger lacerations.

He is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of simple assault. He is being held in the Westmoreland County Prison on $250,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 9.

He did not have an attorney listed in online court records.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or [email protected].

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