A Latrobe man who claimed another man was stabbed in the chest accidentally after falling on him last week has been charged with attempted homicide after police obtained video surveillance footage of the incident.
Matthew Oliver, 29, was charged with attempted homicide, stalking, simple assault and illegal interception of communications, along with two counts of aggravated assault, in connection with an altercation on a patio area outside the Latrobe Manor apartment complex near city hall last Wednesday.
According to police, Daniel Lattanzio, 28, was flown by medical helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh with a serious injury to his upper left chest following the altercation.
Detective Ronald Keslar wrote in court documents that Lattanzio was “bleeding profusely from a stab wound to his chest,” when police arrived at the scene.
Witnesses told police they heard Lattanzio yelling for Oliver to leave him alone before the two men tussled on the patio.
Oliver was treated and released from Excela Health Latrobe Hospital after allegedly being punched in the face by Lattanzio, and told police Lattanzio was upset because Oliver had secretly made an audio recording of a conversation between the men.
Oliver claimed Lattanzio took off his shirt and charged at him during the altercation, Keslar wrote in the affidavit, and said he pulled out the knife for protection.
Lattanzio threw Oliver on the ground and fell on top of the knife, Oliver told police, Keslar wrote.
Surveillance video from a nearby building contradicted Oliver’s story, according to police.
According to the affidavit, surveillance video obtained Oct. 3 showed that Oliver repeatedly approached Lattanzio as he was sitting at a picnic table despite Lattanzio’s attempts to get Oliver to leave.
Keslar wrote in the affidavit that Lattanzio engaged Oliver, who had taken the knife from his pocket, and that the video shows Oliver making a swinging motion toward Lattanzio’s chest with the hand that had the knife.
“Lattanzio said Oliver has continually harassed him for the past month by coming to his apartment at inconvenient hours. He said he had filed a complaint with his building manager regarding the continued harassment by Oliver,” prior to the stabbing, Keslar wrote.
Lattanzio suffered a punctured lung and severe blood loss from the knife wound, which was close to his heart, according to police.
Oliver was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Joseph DeMarchis and ordered held in Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bond awaiting an Oct. 14 preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Michael Mahady.