Man suffered serious injuries during brutal assault, police say

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NEW CASTLE, Pa. - Authorities arrested one man and are searching for several others after an alleged assault earlier this month in New Castle.

According to police, officers were called to a home on Pollock Avenue around 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 13.

Upon arrival, officers found a 45-year-old man suffering from several apparent serious injuries.

The victim told police he was assaulted and hit more than 20 times in the head with a chunk of concrete.

Investigators said witnesses reported seeing about 10 people kicking and hitting the victim while he yelled for help.

“One of the men beat him in the head and body and picked up concrete to use it. The other man kicked him many times in the head,” said New Castle police Chief Bob Salem.

According to police, they found a chunk of concrete nearby that they believe was used in the alleged assault.

The victim was eventually flown to Allegheny General Hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries, officials said.

Authorities said the victim identified two of the attackers through a photo lineup. The first man was identified as 29-year-old Robert Lee Presnar.

Police said Presnar, who was arrested Thursday, is facing multiple charges, including attempted homicide.

Authorities continue searching for others they believe were involved, including Stephen Ayersman.

Investigators told Channel 11’s Amy Marcinkiewicz that Presnar lives a few doors down from the victim and they had been fighting prior to the alleged incident.