Police: Scranton Man Charged After Beating Woman With Weight Plate
Just three weeks after Heather Zaleski dropped a protection-from-abuse order against him, Stephen Getz invited her to help him decorate his Hill Section apartment for Christmas.
Getz wanted the apartment at 919 Clay Ave. to look ready for the holidays when his daughter visited, police said.
They argued after Zaleski arrived Tuesday afternoon and things turned ugly.
Getz beat Zaleski with a weight, tied her up and fled the apartment, police said. Hours later, he arrived at a downtown parking garage and threatened to jump before police subdued him.
An ambulance drove Zaleski, 33, to a hospital, but efforts to determine her condition were unsuccessful.
Police charged Getz, 35, with aggravated and simple assault and illegally restraining Zaleski.
A 911 call from Getz’s mother at 4:24 p.m. brought police to the scene.
An argument about Zaleski’s custody of her children sparked the incident, according to the affidavit.
“Getz pushed her to the ground and began hitting her over and over again with a weightlifting plate,” Patrolman Christian Gowarty wrote in an arrest affidavit.
As Zaleski fell in and out of consciousness, she remembered thinking she was going to die. Before he fled, Getz bound Zaleski’s hands and feet and taped her mouth shut.
“Getz then called his mother … telling her to come to the house immediately and bring an ambulance because he had hurt Heather really bad,” Gowarty wrote.
Police began searching for Getz. Police Chief Carl Graziano said they traced his cellphone to the Casey Parking Garage at Lackawanna and Adams avenues.
They found Getz on an upper level threatening to jump off. Officers swarmed him and pulled him away from the edge.
Zaleski filed for a protection-from-abuse order against Getz on Aug. 2 in Lackawanna County Court. Her explanation for the application is sealed from public viewing, according to court records. After a hearing Nov. 7, the order was dismissed at Zaleski’s request.
Getz remains in Lackawanna County Prison in lieu of $535,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday.
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