The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 21, 2013

Police file attempted homicide charge in baseball bat attack

By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item

— FREEBURG - A Freeburg man, who allegedly attacked two people less than a week after he was released on bail, is now facing attempted homicide charges, according to police.

Gregory Allen Keister, 54, of Freeburg, was orginally 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 a man with her, and later raped her. Now he is facing the attempted homicide charge as well.

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

According to the criminal complaint, state police Tpr. Chad R. Shultz, of the Selinsgrove station, was sent to investigate an assault at an apartment in Freeburg in the early morning hours of April 28, 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.