UPPER UWCHLAN – A man in northern Chester County has been arrested and charged with stabbing his father in an apparent mental health crisis, after the man dramatically but ultimately failed to flee the police , including swimming in Marsh Creek Lake.
On Wednesday, the district attorney’s office and Upper Uwchlan police announced Michael Blough’s arrest for his father’s knife attack on Monday. He was charged with aggravated assault, common assault, reckless endangerment of another person, resisting arrest and related crimes.
The attack, which apparently left Allen “Randy” Blough, 70, paralyzed, happened on Tuesday as young Blough helped his father and another man remove furniture from his father’s house on Founder’s Way, overlooking Marsh Creek State Park. During the move, Michael Blough became convinced the other man was stealing the furniture and got angry.
When the older man attempted to intervene, Michael Blough ultimately assaulted him in the kitchen of the house, throwing him to the ground in a wrestling motion and then stabbing him in the back, according to a police complaint from the detective. Uwchlan Superior Thomas Jones.
The victim was taken to Paoli Hospital, where he was admitted with serious injuries, according to a statement from the prosecutor’s office.
Michael Blough, 43, of Phoenixville, was arrested and held on $ 200,000 cash bond after police managed to subdue him after a trained crisis negotiator from the Response Team intervened. West Chester Regional Emergency.
“This is a devastating family tragedy for everyone involved,” Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan said as she announced the arrest. “We are grateful to the many law enforcement agencies who have helped. Their actions saved other people and helped defuse an intense and dangerous situation. This was a classic example of the best practices to follow to broadcast a crisis in a professional and respectful manner.
Upper Uwchlan Police Chief John DeMarco said: “This volatile and fluctuating situation puts the lives of everyone in the vicinity at risk. My ministry is very grateful for the swift actions of neighboring law enforcement agencies to help us ensure that no one else is harmed.
“The officers are training extensively to deal with these situations in order to have a favorable outcome, which is evident with this particular incident,” said DeMarco.
According to a social media post by the prosecutor’s office and the criminal complaint, Upper Uwchlan police were called to Founders Way in the township around 10 a.m. Monday to report an assault.
Witnesses told police Blough was helping his father move furniture in a kitchen earlier and started behaving strangely, claiming a chest of drawers they were moving was a safe. Allen Blough had told his friend, identified as David Cliffel, that his son was a bodybuilder who had had mental health issues in the past and was taking new medications.
When Blough started to fight with Cliffel, the other man left the scene but kept in touch with the older Blough. In the end, he returned with a neighbor, Peter Goodrich, after calling the police, and saw the encounter continue until Michael Blough confronts his father inside the kitchen, throws him on the ground hard and stabs him in the back with a 12 inch long. Serrated knife.
When Uwchlan’s senior officer Adam Pozza approached Blough from inside the kitchen, the suspect fled the house and jumped into a small cove in Marsh Creek Lake to get away swimming after being hit with Tasers by officers three times inside the house.
However, he was eventually cornered and started speaking with crisis negotiator Uwchlan Sgt. Steve Saracini. The two spoke for over 3.5 hours before Blough said he hadn’t done anything wrong and started walking away. The officers then tasered him again and he was taken into custody at Carpenter’s Cove.
The incident was handled by Upper Uwchlan, Uwchlan, West Vincent, West Pikeland and Schuylkill Police, as well as Chester County detectives, Chester County Regional Emergency Response Team, the State Police in Embreeville, the K-9 Unit of the Chester County Sheriff’s Office. and rangers at Marsh Creek State Park.
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