French held for court on attempted homicide

Alyssa Choiniere | Herald-Standard

Kelly French, 27, of Masontown is escorted from Magisterial District Judge Daniel C. Shimshock’s office Wednesday following her preliminary hearing on attempted homicide and related charges.

She was held on charges related to the alleged kidnapping of a man she met online.

A Masontown woman was held for court Wednesday on attempted homicide and related charges for allegedly stabbing a man she met on an online dating site, and tying him up in her basement Jan. 21.

Kelly Nichole French, 27, of Peach Street met Alan Lipscomb for the first time at her home shortly before the incident, he said.

“We decided to meet up in person and see where the talking would lead to,” he testified.

David M. Clark, 43, of Dilliner was also in the home, along with French’s young children and others. Clark is also charged in the case. He is awaiting his preliminary hearing.

Lipscomb testified French and Clark accused him of stealing a phone from another person in the house. He denied taking the phone, and French allegedly tied him with extension cords, he said. Clark allegedly hit Lipscomb several times with a gun, and French allegedly stabbed Lipscomb when he tried to run for the door. French allegedly said she would “slice his throat” if he tried to run again.

Lipscomb testified he was tied up in the house for several hours. Eventually, he said, Clark let him go.

“He told me if I went to the hospital or the police there would be people watching me,” he testified.

Masontown police Officer Zachary Kodric spotted Lipscomb stumbling down the street in the area of Fairview Avenue and Ross street. Lipscomb told the officers he was tied up in the basement for days and added, “They are going to kill me.”

Lipscomb was admitted to the hospital for two days, where he was treated for a severe concussion, damaged eye socket, broken nose and cheekbone, a cut that required 72 stitches to close and other injuries, he testified.

French was held for court on charges including attempted criminal homicide, criminal homicide, aggravated assault, kidnapping, hindering apprehension, unlawful restraint, simple assault, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, criminal conspiracy and endangering the welfare of children. She is denied bail in the case.

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