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Spring City man allegedly beaten with flashlight in ACCESS card dispute


By Frank Otto, fotto@pottsmerc.com

Sunday, December 29, 2013

SPRING CITY — Six staples were required to close the head wound a man received after he was allegedly beaten with a flashlight following an argument over a loaned ACCESS card.
According to the Spring City Police, they were dispatched to a small apartment complex off of New Street Dec. 23 for a report of a fight around 7:45 p.m.
When an officer arrived, he saw a man identified as Isaac Koob looking around inside the driver’s side of a Ford sedan, a police release said. The officer reportedly stopped Koob to ask him about the fight he was dispatched for, but Koob allegedly did not cooperate. In the midst of questioning Koob, another man, identified as Marshall Thomas, of West Chester, allegedly ran from the apartment complex holding a blue, metal Maglite to Koob, saying, “I (expletive)ed him up.”
Just before the officer identified himself, police said, Thomas allegedly threw the flashlight he was carrying behind a retaining wall.
Police detained both Thomas and Koob and brought them back to the apartment, “where I observed a large amount of blood on the floor,” the officer said.
He said he was met in the lobby by the victim, who had a large cut in his head which was “bleeding profusely.”
The victim identified Thomas by name and said he’d hit him with the flashlight “multiple times in the head,” the police report said.
While assisting the victim before EMTs arrived, the officer said he heard Thomas say to Koob, “I was trying to kill that (expletive),” and laugh.
According to the report, the victim told the officer that Thomas, in the course of the beating, threw keys to Koob and told him to get a gun from his car to shoot the man in the knees.
The victim was taken to Phoenixville Hospital for treatment, which included the six staples to close the head wound.
A search of the car Koob had been looking around in turned up no gun, police said.
Speaking with police, Thomas told the Spring City officer that he, Koob and the victim were hanging out in the latter’s apartment when an argument over money, which Koob reportedly told police was about an ACCESS card the victim loaned Thomas. Koob told police, the release said, that Thomas was upset that the ACCESS card was cancelled after he received it and that he couldn’t use the food stamps on it. When the victim told Thomas he wouldn’t pay him for the food stamps which couldn’t be used, Thomas used the blue Maglite to hit the victim, Koob told police.
Thomas allegedly admitted to police that he hit the victim but wouldn’t elaborate beyond that.
Charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor simple assault, terroristic threats, reckless endangerment of another person and possession of an instrument of crime.
Bail was set at 10 percent of $50,000 but, in lieu of that, Thomas was sent to Chester County Prison.
Koob was apparently not charged in the incident.
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