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Accused home invader arraigned Thursday

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By Staff

A Lebanon man accused of forcing his way into a local woman’s home and attacking her with a knife was arraigned in court Thursday on second-degree assault and first-degree burglary charges.

Ronald Joseph Tussey, 41, was indicted on July 18. The alleged incident occurred May 7 at a home in the Nazareth area where Tussey is accused of stabbing and slashing at the woman with a knife. When the woman spoke with The Kentucky Standard after the incident, she reported Tussey had knocked on her door asking to use the phone. When she refused to let him in, she said, he forced his way inside.

Bardstown Police Chief Kim Kraeszig told The Standard a concerned resident notified police of Tussey’s whereabouts after a description of the suspect was announced, and Tussey was arrested about two weeks later. His bail was set at $100,000 cash.

According to court records, Tussey previously faced drug charges in other counties, and was convicted of first-degree assault in Fayette County in 1995.