Court papers: Police found woman beaten, house ransacked

Last updated: October 9, 2019 - 1:43pm


320 E. 13th St., Lot 2

UPDATE (1:35 p.m.) — Berwick Police are requesting anyone who may have seen people in the area of East 13th and Walnut streets between 4 and 5 a.m. Tuesday contact the East Central Emergency Network at 570-784-6300 and request a return call from Berwick detectives. 

BERWICK — When Berwick Police arrived at Geraldine Carson's trailer near the intersection of Walnut and East 13th streets early Tuesday morning, they found a woman tied to a chair in a bedroom with rope and electrical cord, beaten so badly that she was unrecognizable to officers, a search warrant application says.

In the home at 320 E. 13th St., Lot 2, officers found what they suspect to be a bloody footprint in a back hallway. The bedroom had clothing scattered around, and it appeared there had been a scuffle before the woman had been tied to the chair, because other items had been disturbed, officers wrote.

Carson, 51, was the victim of what police called a "vicious assault" in a press release. She remains in critical condition at the hospital, police say.

In their search warrant application, police said another resident of the trailer had left the home around 3 a.m. Tuesday. At the time, the resident said, the door had been locked, with only one light on. When the person returned around 5:30 a.m., the front door was open, all lights were on and a dog was barking. 

The other resident heard gurgling from one of the bedrooms of the trailer, and found Carson on the floor, police say in the court filing.

The other resident, also not identified in the search warrant, ran away to get help.

When police arrived, they found Carson on the floor, with her hands partially tied behind her back with a rope and her feet bound to the chair above her ankles with electrical cord, according to a search warrant. They quickly called for medical assistance because the injuries to the woman's face and head were extensive. She was taken to Berwick Hospital Center for treatment.

In the living room, a television was missing, officers said.

"Officers also noted several items lying on the kitchen floor and various items in disarray in the living room, consistent with someone looking for items during a robbery," the search warrant states. Police stated that at the time of the filing of the search warrant late Tuesday morning, it was unclear if anything else had been taken.

The details are part of a request to District Judge Richard Knecht filed Tuesday, asking him to allow police to search the trailer and take evidence, along with a cell phone found while medics were treating Carson. Police listed the address as being occupied by Carson and Amber Disidoro.

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