Police: Good Samaritan beaten after giving a lift has died

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UPDATE: The victim of the assault has succumbed to his injuries.

Police say that Charles Eget, 64, has died as a result of the attack. Butler will be charged with criminal homicide.

Police are searching for the white construction van that was involved in the hit-and-run with the green Plymouth Neon somewhere on State Route 118 in Columbia County.


It appears a good Samaritan, offering a ride to a stranger, has been brutally assaulted.

State police report Eget met Bradley John Butler of Scranton, in Luzerne County on Friday afternoon. He agreed to give Butler a ride home.

As they approached Butler's house, Butler became nervous about police vehicles parked around his home. Butler had an active arrest warrant for retail theft. Instead of going to his home, he asked Eget to drive him to a remote area.

Once they reached their destination, Butler physically assaulted Eget and forced him into the backseat of his car, while Butler got in the driver's seat.

Somewhere in Luzerne County, Butler was involved in a hit and run with a white construction van while driving Eget's car.

Butler then pulled the car over, forcing Eget to exit. According to police, Butler 'brutally assaulted' Eget and placed him, unconscious, into the trunk of his car.

Butler drove 100 miles with Eget in the trunk, until the vehicle became disabled on I-78 in Lebanon County.

At that point, Butler called a tow truck for Eget's vehicle and State Police Jonestown to report the entire incident.

Eget is currently in the hospital in critical condition.

The accused has been taken into custody with charges pending, and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about the hit and run crash is asked to call PSP Jonestown 717-865-2194.

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