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Schuylkill man accused of killing dad busted on AC boardwalk

Schuylkill man accused of killing dad...

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - A Schuylkill County man accused of beating his dad to death with a baseball bat on Father's Day has been apprehended at the Jersey shore.

Atlantic City police arrested Michael David Marchalk on the boardwalk at Martin Luther King Boulevard shortly before noon Friday.

"Thanks to strong law enforcement cooperation and smart police work by the Pennsylvania State Police, Atlantic City Police, New Jersey State Police and New Jersey Transit, we were able to locate and arrest a dangerous killer who fled to another state to avoid prosecution for murder," Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. "Our prosecutors worked closely with law enforcement all week, and today this fugitive is off the streets."

Police said they managed to track Marchalk to New Jersey after seeing surveillance video of him at the Greyhound bus terminal in Philadelphia.

"We were able to get surveillance there of him getting in a New Jersey Transit bus at that location," said state police Trooper David Beohm, a public information officer for Reading-based Troop L.

Marchalk, 37, killed his father, attorney Gary Marchalk, inside the family's home at 21 Pear Street in Ryan Township on Sunday and then fled in his father's 2015 Gold Ford Fusion, according to state police.

Gary Marchalk, 60, was found dead around noon Monday. He was the estranged husband of Schuylkill County Treasurer Linda Marchalk, who investigators said was not living in the home.

Michael Marchalk is facing charges of criminal homicide, first-, second-, and third-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, robbery, theft, theft of a motor vehicle, access device fraud, and recklessly endangering another person. He will be held in Atlantic City pending his return to Pennsylvania.

"If he waived extradition, he could be back here next week," Beohm said. "If he fights extradition, that could take a little bit longer."


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