Police: Man beaten and held captive for days inside woman’s home

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By Terri Hill | January 24, 2019

Police charged a Greene County man with beating another man with his belt, fist and a gun and holding him against his will for several days.

David M. Clark, 42, of Dilliner, is charged with attempted homicide, kidnapping, aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, receiving stolen property and several misdemeanors, according to online court records.

According to a criminal complaint, Masontown police spotted a man near the intersection of Fairview Avenue and Ross Street on Jan. 21 and stopped to speak with him. The man identified in the complaint as Alan M. Lipscomb, had several lacerations to his head and face and was taken to Uniontown Hospital.

Lipscomb told police that he was repeatedly struck by Clark and a second man police identified as Matthew C. Crowe inside the home of a woman that Lipscomb had met through an online dating website.

Lipscomb told police “they are going to kill me, they had me tied up in the basement for days,” the complaint said.

When police went to the home they found both Clark and Crowe inside.

After initially telling police he never assaulted Lipscomb, Clark admitted to striking Lipscomb in his face with his fists at the urging of a man he identified as “Brian Bear.” Clark said that Bear had also forced him to beat Lipscomb with a gun. Police located a small handgun in the home, which was previously reported stolen, the complaint said.

Crowe told police he was afraid of Clark, “because he was speaking in tongues and pointed a gun” at him, the unidentified female and her children. Neither Crowe or the woman have been charged.

Clark was charged with attempted homicide, kidnapping, aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, receiving stolen property and other related misdemeanors.

He was booked into the Fayette County Prison after failing to post a $250,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear for a  preliminary hearing on Jan. 30.

Amanda Klein can be contacted at amanda.klein@grantstreetnews.com

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