Arrest Made In Hazleton Beating

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HAZLETON -- An arrest has been made in a high profile case, more than a year after a man was brutally beaten.

Police in Hazleton say that Ronald Tavarez has been arraigned for the beating of A.J. Goryl.

Goryl was found by Hazleton police near North Locust and West Fifth Streets in March of 2013.

Investigators believe the man was badly beaten the night before somewhere in the area of Fifth Street and Lafayette Court, then dragged to the location where officers found him.

The attack left Goryl in critical condition at the hospital, and while police continued to track down leads, the people in the Hazleton area held rallies and fundraisers to help Goryl's parents with the rising medical bills.

Charges against Tavarez include simple assault and reckless endangerment.

Police say they arrested Tavarez now because he is in the military and was due to leave for duty tomorrow.

Police also say they expect to make a second arrest in this case.

As for A.J. Goryl, authorities say he is in rehab and has made some improvement since the assault.


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