Greensburg man accused in tire iron attack
By Paul Peirce
Published: Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, 12:18 p.m.
A 29-year-old Greensburg man was jailed Sunday on $250,000 bail after police accused him of severely beating his estranged wife with a tire iron.
Robert A. Emerick of 575 Willow Ave. is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person as a result of the 4:21 a.m. assault Sunday against Cori Nowalk, said Greensburg Police Detective Jerry Vernail.
Nowalk suffered multiple fractures to her head, face, upper torso and lower extremities, Vernail said. She was flown by medical helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment.
“Early Sunday, Mr. Emerick saw his soon-to-be-ex in a South Greensburg bar and immediately left,” said police Capt. George Seranko.
When Nowalk arrived home, she locked the door and went into her bedroom.
“She made a telephone call to a friend and heard a noise and it was her ex-husband. He began assaulting her with a tire iron,” Seranko said.
Seranko said Nowalk was able to telephone 911 and summon police and an ambulance.
“When Mr. Emerick fled the residence, he broke the front door chain and the lock,” Seranko said.
Police said Emerick fled the home with the couple's daughter.
Seranko said Emerick eventually was apprehended by police at the Wal-Mart in East Huntingdon Sunday morning after he telephoned a family member.
“We understand he was planning on dropping off his daughter and fleeing,” Seranko said.
Emerick was arraigned before Harrison City District Judge Helen Kistler. A preliminary hearing will be scheduled before Greensburg District Judge James Albert.
Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or email@example.com.
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