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Disgruntled man beats former co-worker with baseball bat, police say

Jorge Nieves-DeJesus charged with attempted homicide

FRANCONIA TWP., Pa. - An Allentown man recently fired from his job apparently returned to the job and attacked a former co-worker with a bat, police said.

Jorge Javier Nieves-Dejesus, 31 of the 100 block of 14th Street, is facing numerous charges in the attack.

Nieves-Dejesus was fired from his job at Godshall's Quality Meats, 675 Mill Road in Franconia Twp., Montgomery Co., on April 2, according to court documents.

The following day, he showed up the next day around 5:15 a.m. and was sitting in a vehicle near the plant's employee entrance, witnesses told police.

The documents say when he saw Eduardo Costello heading into work, Nieves-Dejesus got out of the car, walked toward Costello and took a swing at Costello with a baseball bat.

After hitting him several times, a witness tried to break up the two men, and the witness told police that Nieves-Dejesus said, "That's what you get for getting me fired."

Nieves-Dejesus then jumped into the car, which sped away, documents say.

Two other witnesses walking behind Costello told police the same story, according to police.

Nieves-Dejesus is facing attempted homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment and several other charges.

He was held for court on all charges during a preliminary hearing Monday.

Nieves-Dejesus was committed to the Montgomery County Prison on $200,000 bail.


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