Police arrest 4 for brutal beating

Four people, including a Cell Block employee, were arrested Wednesday for their alleged participation in the “savage beating” of a young intoxicated man who was assaulted as he was attempting to enter the establishment at 154 W. Third St. about 12:15 a.m. on April 11, city police said.

Charged with aggravated assault and related offenses were Justin Ray Price, 27, of 93 Round Hill Road; Mark Mangiardi, 26, of 1209 Shiffler Ave. and formerly of 2751 Four Mile Drive; Anthony Michael Lorson, 26, of 2751 Four Mile Drive, and Lycoming College student John Joseph Rizzo Jr., 22, of Trevose, Bucks County.

Price, a Cell Block employee, “grabbed Corey Case by the neck and threw him head-first into the heavy wooden front door,” Agent Raymond O. Kontz III alleged in a affidavit.

After Case fell face down onto the ground, Price “picked him up and continued to punch and kick him,” Kontz alleged.

Before he was allegedly assaulted by Price, Case was confronted by two men, later identified as Mangiardi and Lorson, Kontz said.

Following the assault by Price, Case managed to get back on his feet and climbed to the top of the exterior steps at the Cell Block entrance.

“Lorson used his two arms and shoved Case down the steps backward,” Kontz alleged.

“Case landed hard on his back and remained down for a short period of time,” Kontz said. When Case returned yet again to the front door, “Rizzo grabbed hold of him and took him to the ground. Rizzo dragged Case down the steps” and punched him several times, Kontz alleged.

With Case now at the bottom of the steps, Mangiardi allegedly grabbed him “around the neck and started dragging him toward the street and punched him one time. Lorson then punched Case in the face. Both Lorson and Mangiardi (forced) him across the street where Mangiardi hit Case one time, knocking him out,” Kontz alleged.

Much of the beating was recorded on surveillance video provided by the establishment, Kontz said.

Case was taken by ambulance to Williamsport Regional Medical Center where he was treated for multiple injuries, including a broken right ankle that required surgery, Kontz said.

All four men face charges of aggravated and simple assault, recklessly endangering and conspiracy.

Price also has been charged with obstructing the administration of the law and hindering apprehension. Lorson has been charged with one additional count of tampering with physical evidence.

The foursome turned themselves in Wednesday afternoon, as did Cell Block manager Anthony M. Salvatore, 29, of 1840 Warrensville Road, who was charged by Kontz with obstructing the administration of law and hindering apprehension.

Kontz said Salvatore was not honest with investigators when they were trying to determine the identities of those involved in the assault.

Also, when he saw Mangiardi at a supermarket, he told him that “police were looking for him and Lorson in regards to the assault,” Kontz said.

All five men were arraigned before District Judge Allen P. Page III and released on $35,000 bail each.