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1 caught, 1 sought in severe beating in Natrona Heights

| Saturday, March 1, 2014, 1:06 a.m.

Harrison police charged a township man and are looking for another in the savage beating of a man Thursday night when he arrived at a busy gas station to talk with his ex-girlfriend.

Police say Jonathan Meigs, 23, of 106 Garfield St., Natrona and an unidentified man drove up in an SUV and chased the 23-year-old Harrison man into a BP gas station at 1717 Freeport Road in Natrona Heights about 9:20 p.m.

The man was assaulted inside and outside the store and received life-threatening injuries, police said. He was in a Pittsburgh hospital on Friday in critical condition.

Police said Meigs and the other man used bats or something similar to repeatedly hit the alleged victim on the back of the head. The ex-girlfriend is a clerk at the store.

Meigs, who is charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangering, stalking, and having an instrument of crime, was arraigned in Pittsburgh on Friday. Bail was set at $25,000.

From surveillance cameras and witnesses statements, police learned the attackers left in a silver Chevrolet Equinox whose license plate was traced.

The SUV is registered to Meigs' friend, Miranda Mullen, 22, also of 106 Garfield St.

Police said she insisted she was driving the Equinox in Murrysville at 9:30 p.m. even though surveillance footage shows it was at the BP at the time of the beating.

As a result, police are charging Mullen with hindering apprehension or prosecution and making false reports to police. She was to be arraigned in night court later Friday.

Allegheny County police technicians were checking the SUV for evidence.

Officers are looking for the second man, who is shown in store surveillance images wearing dark-colored clothing and a hooded jacket. No other description was made public.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled for March 12 for Meigs and Mullen.

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