Schuylkill Co. man arrested over baseball bat death of dad on Father's Day

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 23, 2017 3:10 PM

This photo provided by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office shows Michael Marchalk, charged with murder in the death of his father Gary Marchalk. Pennsylvania State Police say in a complaint filed Wednesday, June 21, 2017, that Gary Marchalk, an attorney found dead in the home of his estranged wife Linda Marchalk, treasurer of Schuylkill County, Pa., was fatally beaten with a bat by his son Michael Marchalk on Father's Day, Sunday, June 18, 2017. Authorities were still searching Thursday, June 22, 2017, for Michael Marchalk, last seen at a Philadelphia bus terminal. (Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office)

(Atlantic City, N.J.) -- Pennsylvania police say a Schuylkill County man accused of beating his dad to death with a baseball bat on Father's Day has been arrested on a Jersey shore boardwalk.

State police say Michael Marchalk was taken into custody Friday in Atlantic City. He'll be incarcerated until he's extradited to Pennsylvania.

Police say 37-year-old Marchalk had repeatedly threatened 60-year-old Gary Marchalk in recent months. The suspect had lived with his father in Barnesville, Pennsylvania, a few days before the beating and was supposed to enter a drug treatment program Monday.

Instead, police say, the suspect beat and robbed his father, took a vehicle and fled the Ryan Township home the victim shared with his wife, Linda, the Schuylkill county treasurer.

Police say another son found his father's body Monday and called police.

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