A Franklin County man accused of beating a woman with a baseball bat is being held on charges that he violated probation in previous felony and misdemeanor cases.
County deputies arrested the suspect, Brian A. Brower, 25, St. Clair, Saturday, Aug. 4, after investigating a report that the 23-year-old victim had been assaulted by her boyfriend at a residence in Paradise Mobile Home Court near St. Clair.
The sheriff’s office received the call about 2:35 p.m. and deputies, St. Clair police and ambulance personnel responded to the scene. They found the woman who had sustained severe injuries to her head and legs. She told officers that Brower had beaten her with the bat and his fists following an argument.
Deputies and St. Clair police searched but did not locate the suspect.
After interviewing the victim at Mercy Hospital Washington, investigators returned to the residence about 4:47 p.m. and found Brower in a rear bedroom. He told deputies he fled earlier into a wooded area but returned after deputies left the scene.
The sheriff’s office said Brower is on probation in separate cases for second-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle and three misdemeanor charges.
Investigators plan to seek a first-degree domestic assault charge against the suspect, the sheriff’s office reported.
The victim’s condition was not known, the sheriff’s office said.