Police: Three charged in brutal attack

During the early-morning hours of July 1, Ethan Cartwright went to the river lots on South Reach Road to attend a party, but he ended up in the emergency room following a brutal beating that left him with a broken nose and “swelling around his skull,” city police said.

Three people now face felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from the assault, including Caleb Lazorka, 18, of 807 Brandon Ave., and Zada Vaughn, 19, who is homeless, police said.

Also arrested in the case was MacKenzie Ardrey, 19, of 1149 Meade St, police said.

All three have been charged with felony intimidation of a victim to withhold testimony, felony conspiracy, recklessly endangering and simple assault.

Lazorka faces additional charges of retaliation against a witness and terroristic threats.

Agent Fred Miller, the lead investigator, alleges the three attacked Cartwright just days before Cartwright was expected to testify against Lazorka in another case stemming from Lazorka allegedly assaulting him in the 300 block of State Street on April 11.

In the attack earlier this month, Ardrey fractured Cartwright’s nose, Miller alleged. All three kicked and struck Cartwright while he was on the ground, Miller said, adding the victim went unconscious two or three times.

“I will kill anyone as well as their family members if they cooperate with police,” Lazorka allegedly said to those participating in or witnessing the assault, Miller said investigators were told.

Cartwright was treated at the UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center for the injuries he suffered earlier this month.

Lazorka and Vaughn were brought back late Friday from the Harrisburg area and arraigned before District Judge Christian Frey. Lazorka was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail while Vaughn was jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail. Ardrey was arrested earlier this month and remains free on $50,000 bail.