Beating Victim In Coma, Family Member Says

Beating Victim In Coma, Family Member Says

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One of the three victims of a vicious baseball bat attack in Massena is in a medically-induced comas That's the word from a family member of two of the victims.

According to the relative, 68 year old Robert Northrup is comatose from the severe beating he took during a home invasion Thursday morning.

The relative, a member of the Northrup family, said a second victim, 20 year old Lucas Northrup, could be released from the hospital as early as Friday evening.

Meanwhile, the third victim, 43 year old John Skidds, is going in and out of consciousness, his family said.

Skidd's family says they last spoke to him on the phone about 10 hours before the mayhem at his apartment. He had recently been released from prison and was trying to get his life together.

“He told us on the phone don't worry about him he'll be fine. I'm good. Nothing's going to happen. And then we find out,” said Jenna Barkley, Skidd's niece..

All three beating victims are hospitalized at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. 

While the hospital will neither confirm nor deny it's treating the three men, St. Lawrence County District Attorney Gary Pasqua said he was told all of the victims were in critical condition as of Friday morning.

Amey LaPage says the community has been nothing but supportive with offers of help from friends, family and strangers. She says it's helping. 

Meanwhile, 33 year old Justin Scovil (pictured above) of South Colton remains behind bars in the St. Lawrence County Jail, where he's being held without bail.

He's charged with three counts of first-degree assault, first degree robbery, petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

Massena police were called to an apartment at 2 Willow Street shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday and found the three victims and the suspect.

According to police, the victims were suffering from bleeding in the brain. 

Lucas' mother, Amey LaPage, said Lucas and Robert Northrup are grandson and grandfather. 

She told 7 News the attacker broke into the apartment through a kitchen window and started attacking the men with a baseball bat. She also said Scovil used to live in the apartment building, but her son doesn't know Scovil. LaPage says she believes Scovil was looking for prescription drugs.

"The guy was told to take it and after being told to take it he still viciously beat them all,” she said. 

Police said Scovil stole bottles of prescription medication, but police aren't naming a motive. He entered a not guilty plea at his arraignment Thursday.

A preliminary hearing for Scovil is scheduled for next Tuesday.

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