Emmaus man charged in fatal beating of neighbor, 70

John Sweeney Sr.

November 21, 2013 2:34:36 PM PST
A Lehigh County man has turned himself in to face charges in the beating death of his neighbor.

Alexander Octa Roscioli was charged in connection with the August 30th incident at the apartment building in Emmaus, where Roscioli and the victim, 70-year-old John Sweeney Sr., both lived.

The two men got into an argument around 2:30 a.m., and it escalated into a physical fight, police said.

Roscioli, 22, of 314 S. Broom St., punched and kicked Sweeney after Sweeney hit Roscioli with a plastic hockey stick, according to court documents.

Sweeney was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital, where he died the next day. An autopsy showed he had a skull fracture, broken ribs and a cerebral hemorrhage. The coroner ruled his death a homicide.

Roscioli faces charges of aggravated assault and involuntary manslaughter.