Arrest in Brutal Berwick Beating

BERWICK, Pa. -- Police in Berwick arrested the man they believe tied up and brutally beat a woman inside her home.

Michael Porth, 30, of Berwick, and his brother Christopher Lynn, 26, are facing charges connected to a brutal beating last week that left a woman in a coma.

Geraldine Carson was found unconscious, tied to a chair at a home on East 13th Street in Berwick last week, and beaten so badly she was unrecognizable.

Cops said the place was also ransacked and items stolen, including a television. The bedroom floor and wall were splattered with blood, and there was a bloody footprint in the home.

Carson was rushed to Berwick Hospital Center. Police said she remains unconscious and has made "no signs of improvement."

Witnesses told police Porth had threatened Carson about a week before the attack, demanding money he said she owed him and his brother Christopher Lynn.

Witnesses told police they fear for their lives and the safety of their families after the beating.

When questioned, Porth denied the attack, blaming his brother instead.

Porth is locked up in the Columbia County jail.

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