The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 30, 2013

Police: Stalker rapes Freeburg woman, hits her companion with bat

By Rick Dandes
The Daily Item

— FREEBURG - A Freeburg man, who had been charged with harassing a woman less than a week earlier and was out bail, went back to the woman’s house early Sunday morning and attacked her and the man she was in bed with, according to a police document.

Gregory Allen Keister, 54, of Freeburg, was charged by police with six felonies and several misdemeanors after he allegedly broke into the woman’s apartment, used an aluminum baseball bat to attack the man in bed with her, and later raped her.

The accusations filed against Keister include aggravated assault, rape, burglary, trespass, stalking and harassment.

According to the criminal complaint, trooper Chad R. Shultz, of the Selinsgrove station, was sent at 4:30 a.m. Sunday to investigate an assault at an apartment in Freeburg, but before he arrived, he was informed that a 32-year-old Sunbury man — the man who had been assaulted and allegedly hit in the head by Keister — was already on his way to Sunbury Community Hospital.

The woman told police that Keister had come into her residence through her bedroom window while she and the man were sleeping.

She told police that Keister hit her companion with a baseball bat in the head, and there was blood everywhere. She said the three of them left her residence to allow the victim to get first aid. After the man left for the hospital, and before the police arrived, she said Keister took her back to her residence, threatened to kill her if she didn’t have sex with him, and then sexually assaulted her.

The woman said that during the forced sex, police arrived at her apartment and arrested Keister.

After Keister was detained, the woman told police that he had been arrested on burglary and assault charges “four days ago” for allegedly breaking into her house. She said there was a case involving the Middleburg Police Department in which a hearing was scheduled on a harassment charge against him and said one of the conditions of bail was that he was not to be near her residence or contact her.

Keister was arraigned before District Judge Lori Hackenberg early Monday morning and placed in the Snyder County jail on $100,000 cash bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday before Judge Hackenberg in Middleburg.

A nursing supervisor at Sunbury Community Hospital on Monday said the Sunbury man had “transferred out of the hospital on Sunday.” He was listed in fair condition on Monday at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.