Assault victim locked in trunk of car dies from injuries

Charles Eget, 64, identified as victim

BETHEL TWP., Pa. - A good Samaritan who was assaulted and driven 100 miles in the trunk of a car last month has died of his injuries, authorities said.

Charles Eget, 64, of Luzerne County, died Monday.

Eget, attempting to be a good Samaritan, offered the suspect, identified as Bradley John Butler, a ride to his home in Scranton on October 20, but when they arrived, Butler saw police and told the victim to drive to a remote area instead, authorities said.

Butler, 42, then physically assaulted Eget inside his car and forced him into the backseat, according to Pennsylvania State Police. 

After being involved in a hit-and-run crash involving a construction van somewhere in Luzerne County, Butler pulled over and forced the victim out of his car, police said.

Butler then "brutally assaulted" Eget until he became unconscious, placed him in the trunk of his car, and drove 100 miles until the car became disabled on Interstate 78 in Lebanon County, police said.

Butler, police said, then made two phone calls -- one to have the victim's car towed and the other to state police to report the incident.

Troopers discovered Eget in the trunk of his car, suffering from head injuries.

Butler will now be charged with criminal homicide as a result of the victim's death, police said. He is also charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping, multiple counts of robbery and simple assault, terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, recklessly endangering another person, and harassment.

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