Cops: Halloween-masked man uses hatchet to attack neighbor

October 19, 2017 - 6:42 pm

BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania say a 70-year-old man wearing a rubbery Halloween mask and brandishing a rusty hatchet attacked his neighbor while he mowed the lawn.

Penn Township police Cpl. Jack Ripper tells WPXI-TV that Ronald Postreich attacked his 70-year-old neighbor Wednesday night after years of feuding.

Ripper says the two have been arguing for a long time over their rural properties near Butler, but this was the first time it turned violent. He's not sure what sparked it.

Postreich is accused of creeping up behind his neighbor and striking him on the head with the hatchet.

Ripper says the victim fought back and ripped the mask off, revealing his neighbor.

Postreich faces aggravated assault and related charges.

The victim says he thought he was going to die. He says a stun gun was involved; police haven't located one.

No attorney is listed for Postreich.

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Information from: WPXI-TV, http://www.wpxi.com

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