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Allegheny Township man, 37, facing assault, burglary charges

August 3, 2018

An Allegheny Township man will head to court after police say he assaulted a Washington Township couple in their home.

Nicholas John Horning, 37, of Leechburg Road, is charged with felony counts of burglary and criminal trespass, and nine related misdemeanor and summary charges.

Horning waived his right to a preliminary hearing scheduled for Monday before District Judge Jason Buczak in Washington Township.

Police say Horning, on July 3, was visiting a home on Sportsman Drive for dinner. The victims, the homeowners, told police Horning’s speech was slurred. One of them told police they suggested Horning take a shower.

After he had been in the shower for sometime, the victims said they grew concerned and went to check on him. They found him standing in the bathroom, “smashing a white powder substance on the counter.”

Horning then left the home, at which point the victims told police they found a plastic bag he left behind containing more white powder. One of the victims told police they flushed the bag’s contents down the toilet.

When Horning returned and found the powder disposed of, the victims told police, Horning told the victims they owed him $30.

After again demanding $30, according to police, Horning retrieved a knife from the back of the vehicle he had arrived in, and showed it to the male victim. Horning then dropped the knife, and assaulted the man with his fists.

Horning then, according to police, ran back into the home and into the bedroom where the female victim was hiding. Police say he told that woman he would kill her and her daughter when he was released from jail before again assaulting the male victim, punching him and kicking him repeatedly after he fell to the floor.

Horning eventually fled the residence, but was taken into custody on July 5. He is currently lodged in the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of a $100,000 bond and ahead of a formal arraignment scheduled for Oct. 17 before Judge Rita D. Hathaway.

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