Scottdale man arrested for beating with ax handle over unpaid debt

by: Paul Peirce Updated:

SCOTTDALE, Pa. —

A Scottdale man faces charges for allegedly beating a man with an ax handle on Monday over an unpaid debt.

Gregg A. Bridge, 51, was arrested by state police in Uniontown on Tuesday during a traffic stop on South Chestnut Street in Scottdale.

He was charged with aggravated assault, illegally carrying a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license, simple assault, harassment and driving on a suspended license in connection with the assault in Dunbar Township.

Trooper Andrew Prizzi said the assault on the 37-year-old Connellsville man occurred about 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Yough River Bike Path.

“(Bridge) beat the victim in the face, head and hands with a wooden ax handle because the victim owed Bridge money,” Prizzi wrote in an affidavit of probable cause filed before Star Junction District Judge Richard Kasunic II.

Prizzi said the victim told him that Bridge threatened him with a shotgun.

Later that evening, Prizzi located Bridge driving a Pontiac Sunfire at South Chestnut and Orchard streets. Prizzi reported in the affidavit that he found the ax handle in the back seat of Bridge's car “with blood on it” and a Remington 870 shotgun.

Bridge is not permitted to carry a firearm because of a 2007 felony conviction for burglary and criminal conspiracy and had his driving privileges revoked after he was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, Prizzi said.

Bridge was arraigned on Tuesday and was ordered to jail after failing to post $20,000 bail. However, he posted bond on Wednesday through a bail bondsman.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 21.

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