Homi­cide charges for al­leged car­jacker

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - FRONT PAGE - BY JAMES HALPIN STAFF WRITER

NANTICOKE — The man who was bru­tally beaten and stuffed into his trunk dur­ing a car­jack­ing three weeks ago has died, and his al­leged killer will face mur­der charges, Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice said Mon­day.

The fam­ily of Charles Eget, 64, mean­while, re­mem­bered him as a de­voted fam­ily man and kind-hearted per­son, say­ing they weren’t at all sur­prised to hear po­lice say he was be­ing a good Sa­mar­i­tan when he of­fered his at­tacker a ride.

“That doesn’t sur­prise any of us. That is our dad,” said daugh­ter Tammy Turner, 37.

“We’ve all told him that it’s not al­ways a good thing to be like that ,” said an­other daugh­ter, Sara Eget, 28. “But he was very old school and he be­lieved in the best of everybody. He re­ally didn’t see — I guess he just chose to see the best in everybody.”

State po­lice say Charles Eget en­coun­tered Bradley John But­ler, 42, of 537 Lin­den St ., Scran­ton, out­side a diner across from Mo­he­gan Sun Po­cono in Plains Twp. and of­fered him a ride home the morn­ing of Oct .20. Af­ter di­vert­ing Charles Eget to a se­cluded spot in Fair­mount Twp., But­ler be­gan punch­ing him and took the wheel, telling Charles Eget to get in the back seat, po­lice said.

But­ler got into a hit-an­drun crash with a white con­struc­tion van, caus­ing Charles Eget to get up­set and be­gin yelling about dam­age to the car, po­lice said. Feel­ing scared and ag­i­tated, But­ler

pulled into a pri­vate drive­way and at­tacked Charles Eget, hit­ting him with a tire iron, stomp­ing his head and then stuff­ing him into the trunk be­fore bash­ing his head sev­eral more times with a lo g, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

When the car later broke down along In­ter­state 78, But­ler told a tow driver he had a body in the trunk, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. But­ler told in­ves­ti­ga­tor she had been on methadone and pan­icked af­ter the crash, po­lice said.

But­ler re­mains jailed at the Le­banon County Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity, where he is be­ing held on $1 mil­lion bail.

Fam­ily mem­bers said Charles Eget, who was taken to Penn State Health Mil­ton S. Her­shey Med­i­cal Cen­ter af­ter the at­tack, died Sun­day evening.

But­ler, who was al­ready charged with at­tempted mur­der, kid­nap­ping and rob­bery charges, will be hit with crim­i­nal homi­cide charges as a re­sult of the death, state Trooper David Beohm said.

Sit­ting around a din­ing room ta­ble Mon­day evening, Charles Eget’s fam­ily mem­bers re­mem­bered his life — and the pain still to come. The fa­ther off our grown chil­dren, Charles E get leaves be­hind five young grand­chil­dren, the youngest of whom still don’t know of his death.


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