Wilmerding woman stabbed in VCR fight, suspect jailed
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A Wilmerding woman suffered a serious stab wound during a scuffle last night with a neighbor over a broken VCR, police said.
Anita White, 44, of Commerce Street, was stabbed in the chest during the fight. The blade of the knife punctured a lung, North Versailles police Chief James Comunale said.
Ms. White was taken to UPMC Presbyterian. Her condition there was not available, but Chief Comunale said she is expected to recover.
The suspect, Donald Simpson, 57, was being held in the Allegheny County Jail on charges of attempted homicide, simple assault, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, unlawful restraint, and making terroristic threats.
Police were called at 6:52 p.m. by another neighbor in the apartment building who heard a loud argument coming from Mr. Simpson's third-floor unit. The neighbor looked through Mr. Simpson's open door and saw him on top of Ms. White threatening to kill her, police said.
The witness did not see the stabbing because she went to call police.
When officers arrived at Mr. Simpson's residence, Ms. White had returned to her own eighth-floor apartment.
During the fight, Mr. Simpson suffered a small laceration on one of his arms.
Mr. Simpson told police, "She stabbed me and left. But I don't want anything done," Chief Comunale said.
The chief and other officers then went to Ms. White's apartment and found her wounded.
The chief said Mr. Simpson had sold a VCR to Ms. White for $40. The machine did not work and she went to his apartment for a refund.
The two argued and scuffled, during which time Mr. Simpson retrieved a knife and stabbed her, police said.
Mr. Simpson was being held on $50,000 bail, pending a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. Dec. 6.
He also has been ordered to undergo evaluation at the county jail Behavior Clinic.
First Published November 28, 2007 11:24 am