Monday, January 5, 2009

Police: Man assaulted child's mom with ratchet

Sunday, January 4, 2009 1:54 PM EST
By Brandie Kessler,

POTTSTOWN — A Reading man used a ratchet to assault the mother of his child after he arranged for a female companion to fight the victim following a custody dispute, and the victim started to win the fight, police said.

Eukeo Zadiezh, 20, is charged with felony counts of aggravated assault and charges of prohibitive offensive weapons, terroristic threats, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment.

Police allege he arranged to have his current girlfriend assault the victim after the victim left a relative’s North Charlotte Street residence.

According to a police report, the victim told police she was winning the fight with the woman, who she did not recognize or know at the time, when Zadiezh jumped in and struck her in the face with a ratchet wrench, causing serious injuries.

After being assualted, the victim was able to go to a friend’s residence where she called police.

When police responded, they found the victim with her face covered in blood, blood around her mouth and nose, her eyes and lips swollen from being struck in the face with the ratchet. The victim gave police her report before being transported to the hospital for treatment of her injuries.

The victim told police she had been in an argument with Zadiezh on Dec. 8 over the custody of the child they have together. The victim stated that she had physical custody over the child; however, Zadiezh had gotten the child and was refusing to give the child back when the victim was able to trick him and get the child back in her care.

It was the evening of Dec. 8 when Zadiezh and the unknown woman, later identified as his female companion, assaulted the victim.

When Pottstown Police Sgt. Keith Edlund learned about the incident following the assault, he told the investigating officer, Cpl. Eric Weber, that he recognized Zadiezh.

According to the police report, Zadiezh had stopped by the police station earlier in the day Dec. 8 and requested that police help him get his child back. He told police he had emergency custody of the child while the child was in the victim’s care.

When police asked him to provide paperwork showing he had emergency custody of the child, he was only able to produce an application for emergency custody that he was in the process of filling out and which had not been signed by a judge yet.

Police told Zadiezh that he would need to have a judge’s signature on the paperwork before they would be able to provide assistance.

It was after his stop at the police station that police said Zadiezh assaulted the victim.

A preliminary hearing for Zadiezh is scheduled for a future date before District Judge John Durkin.

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