Man accused of stabbing father and aunt to death in Penn Township – CBS Pittsburgh
By: Chris Hoffman and Erika Stanish of KDKA-TV
PENN TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) – A man faces homicide charges after his father and aunt were stabbed to death in Penn Township.
Police were called to a house on State Route 130 near Burrell Hill Road around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. When they arrived at the scene, Chief John Otto said officers found a man, identified as Neal Hubish, standing in the front yard. The chief said Hubish told police his father and aunt were arguing.
His father Arthur and his aunt Maria Puskarich were found inside the house with stab wounds, the chef said. Arthur was dead and Puskarich was taken to hospital but died on the way.
The Westmoreland County District Attorney said Neal Hubish confessed to both of their deaths and now faces homicide charges.
“In the statement he gave to Penn Township Police detectives. He indicated that he was actually the person who killed his aunt and father, ”District Attorney John Peck said.
Peck said the victims suffered stab wounds and blunt trauma. Police found a 5-inch knife near the aunt, according to the criminal complaint.
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Peck said there was a history of servants with the family. According to the criminal complaint, the Penn Township Police Department had been called home several times in the past to investigate incidents of domestic violence between Neal Hubish, his father and his aunt. Some calls dated back to 2006.
A family friend, who did not want to be identified, told KDKA that Hubish suffered from mental health issues. They said Neal Hubish was just released from prison and was taken to a mental health facility in Greensburg. They said he was then unexpectedly released and was staying with his father when the incident happened.
Hubish had his preliminary arraignment late Tuesday morning.