- Associated Press - Sunday, June 29, 2014

SPRINGDALE, Pa. (AP) - A 73-year-old man with a long record of felony convictions has been jailed on attempted homicide and other charges after police said he stabbed two women at a senior citizens high-rise in western Pennsylvania.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Charles Azim who remained jailed Sunday. Those records also indicate Azim has a criminal record dating to 1971 for robbery, assault and other crimes - including an eight-year prison sentence he received in 2000 for aggravated assault.

Allegheny County Housing Authority officials contend Azim passed a background check before he was allowed to move into Springdale Manor about seven years ago, and it wasn’t immediately clear how that occurred, or whether he had received an early release from his final prison term before moving into the building about 15 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

According to a criminal complaint, Azim stabbed Shirley Barone after an argument began in her apartment Friday about 7 p.m.

“Azim uttered that he didn’t want to eat and Barone told him that maybe she just won’t cook anymore,” police said.

When Barone went to a neighbor’s apartment, Azim followed armed with a knife, stabbing Barone and the neighbor - Penelope Spencer - when she tried to leave, police said. Spencer was able to sound an alarm summoning police.

Azim was charged on Saturday.

Barone remained in serious condition Sunday in a Pittsburgh hospital, while Spencer’s condition could not immediately be determined.

Azim faces a preliminary hearing July 7.

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