Woman beaten with baseball bat inside New Castle home; Suspect arrested



NEW CASTLE, Pa. - A 24-year-old man remains jailed on charges he attacked a woman with a baseball bat inside her New Castle home on Sunday, police said.

According to police, Don Leishman told detectives that the suspect – later identified as Michael James Yesko – came to his County Line Street home on Sunday and asked for $10.

Leishman said he and his wife refused Yesko’s request and he left. A short time later, Leishman said he took his dogs for a walk, and when he returned, he found his wife covered in blood.

Investigators said Yesko, who Leishman and his wife had helped before, is accused of coming back to the home and asking to use the restroom.

After that, the woman said Yesko asked for a glass of water. As she was getting him the water, she said she felt a hit on the back of her head.

Detectives said Yesko is accused of beating the woman with a baseball bat several times.

“He hit her in the head with a bat at least 10 to 15 times,” Leishman said. “She was laying on the bed, playing dead, and he just kept hitting her.”

The woman was taken to an area hospital with a broken and nearly-severed finger and head injuries.

“She has like 30 staples in her head,” Leishman said.

Yesko, who was eventually arrested, is being held in the Lawrence County jail on $500,000 bond.

He’s facing charges of criminal attempted homicide, burglary, aggravated assault and others.

“It was all over $10,” New Castle police Chief Bobby Salem said.

He faces a preliminary hearing May 14.