A Lower Saucon Township man hit his brother in the head and neck with a metal stickball bat Thursday afternoon “causing serious injury,” police said.
Randal Stoneback, 36, of the 2500 block of Alpine Drive, was charged with aggravated assault, a first-degree felony, as a result of the attack and committed to Northampton County Prison, according to court papers.
Police said that at a little before 12:30, Stoneback stopped at his brother’s home, which is also on Alpine Drive, took the metal bat and broke the windshield and bent the antenna on his brother's truck. He also used the bat to break a window on the front door of his brother’s house, police said.
The affidavit of probable cause said an “ongoing dispute” precipitated the rampage. The paperwork did not say how severe the brother’s injuries were or what kind of medical treatment he required.
In addition to aggravated assault, Stoneback was charged with criminal mischief and harassment.
He was arraigned before District Judge James Narlesky of Hanover Township, who set bail at $50,000.In May, Stoneback was charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance after township police said he crashed his Jeep into a fence in the 2400 block of Wassergass Road and was administered a blood test that showed the presence of a drug.