Suspect in Shamokin crowbar attack turns self in, is arraigned
SHAMOKIN - A 33-year-old city man wanted for hitting a Coal Township man in the face and head with a crowbar last week voluntarily turned himself into police Thursday morning and was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct.
Greg Latsha, of 131 W. Sunbury St., was released on $10,000 unsecured bail after being arraigned at 10 a.m. by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III. He is scheduled to face a preliminary hearing at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Latsha was charged by Shamokin Patrolman Jarrod Scandle in connection with an assault that occurred at about 4:30 a.m. Jan. 4 at Commerce and Coal streets.
According to a criminal complaint, Latsha is accused of hitting John Mayton, 40, of 300 Trevorton Road, Coal Township, in the face and head with a crowbar several times after Mayton had given Latsha's girlfriend, Rhonda Bassett, a ride home from a bar.
Scandle said Mayton's head was bleeding profusely when he entered Shamokin Police Station to report the assault. He was later transported by AREA Services Ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, where he underwent emergency room treatment. Mayton's glasses also were broken during the assault, police said.
Bassett told police she attempted to stop Latsha from assaulting Mayton, but was unable to do so. Bassett said Mayton was able to get back in his vehicle and drive to the police station. She said Latsha fled the scene.