Berks man arrested in beating of his grandparents in their home




  • In US
  • 2022-09-24 03:58:00Z
  • By Reading Eagle, Pa.

Sep. 23-A 22-year-old Bernville-area man beat his grandparents in their Upper Tulpehocken Township home, leaving both victims with severe head injuries before he fled in their vehicle, state police said Friday

Caleb Smith was arrested in Lancaster County by East Cocalico Township police on Wednesday, the morning following the assaults, after officers discovered the victims' stolen Ford Escape in a convenience store lot and traced his whereabouts to a nearby motel.

Smith was taken into custody without incident and transported to the state police station at Hamburg.

He was charged with aggravated and simple assault and theft.

Smith was arraigned before District Judge Andrea Book and committed to Berks County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail to await a hearing.

According to investigators:

Troopers responded at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday to the residency on Fort Road for a report of an active domestic incident. They found the victims, ages 70 and 72, with severe facial and head injuries.

Through an investigation, they determined Smith attacked his grandmother, pushing her to the ground and punching and kicking her in the face and head. When her husband tried to intervene, Smith pushed him to the ground and punched and kicked him in and around his head, face and torso.

Smith stole the vehicle and fled.

Troopers didn't provide any information about the medical conditions of the victims or the hospital to which they were admitted.

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