Suspect sought in crowbar attack
SHAMOKIN - Police here are continuing to search for a 33-year-old city man wanted for hitting a Coal Township man in the face and head with a crowbar early Friday morning at Commerce and Coal streets.
Greg Latsha, of 131 W. Sunbury St., faces charges of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct in connection with the incident that occurred at about 4:30 a.m. in an area at the rear of Dunkin' Donuts.
According to a criminal complaint filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III by Patrolman Jarrod Scandle, Latsha is accused of hitting John Mayton, 40, of 300 Trevorton Road, Coal Township, in the face and head with a crow bar 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. Bassett told police she didn't know Latsha's destination.
Scandle said an arrest warrant has been issued for Latsha on the felony and misdemeanor charges.