Emmaus man charged in fatal beating
Updated On: Nov 21 2013 05:36:29 AM CST
Investigators say a Lehigh County man beat his elderly neighbor, fracturing his skull and killing him. It happened back in August, but charges were filed Wednesday.
Twenty-two-year-old Alexander Roscioli turned himself in. He's charged with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault for the death of 70-year-old John Sweeney Sr.
"He took away my dad, the only parent I had left, and the only grandparent that my children had," said Janis Sweeney, holding back tears. "We miss him so much, every day I miss him."
Janis says what started out as a disagreement with their upstairs neighbors, ended with her 70-year-old father dead.
"I lost my best friend, I lost my father, I lost my hero," added John Sweeney Jr.
Investigators tell us the beating happened early in the morning of August 30th, outside an apartment complex in the 300 block of Broom Street in Emmaus.
"Around 3 a.m., the cops knocked on our door," said Janis.
According to court documents, Sweeney Sr. got into a fight with Roscioli. It started out verbal, but then turned physical.
The paperwork says Roscioli admitted to repeatedly punching and kicking Sweeney Sr. after the elderly man hit him with a plastic hockey stick.
Investigators say Sweeney Sr. was bloody and unconscious, he had a skull fracture, broken ribs and cerebral hemorrhage.
Sweeney died the next day, and his death was ruled a homicide. Roscioli was a free man until Wednesday.
"He didn't say nothing to us," Janis said. "Not the mother or brother, nobody said nothing to us."
Now the Sweeney family says they just want justice to be served.
"I hope he spends a lot of time in jail, because he deserves it."
Neighbors say the Roscioli family still lives in the complex. When we knocked on their door, the person who answered said they didn't know anything about the fatal beating.
Roscioli is being held in Lehigh County prison on $750,000 bail. He's set to be in court again next week.
Copyright 2013 WFMZ. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Wind hampers efforts to fight 5-alarm fire at motel in Muhlenberg
Driver killed when car hits tree on Route 10 in Berks
Man killed when hit by minivan near airport
Reading police officer charged in theft of money evidence
Man killed, woman seriously injured in motorcycle crash
Feds: Schuylkill County firm attempted to smuggle machinery to Iran
Woman pleads guilty to homicide by vehicle
BBQ food truck in danger of being shut down by township
MH370 search: Object not from plane
Police seek to interview man in investigation of woman's death