2012-04-05 / Local & State

2 Charged In Assault Linked To Predator Rumors

READING, Pa. (AP) – Police in eastern Pennsylvania say a pair of neighbors viciously assaulted a man out for an evening walk in the mistaken belief he was stalking children.

Exeter Township police say the men charged Friday had overreacted to a Facebook post about a suspected child predator in the area.

Police say the 58-year-old victim was out for a walk on March 21 when he was violently confronted by Dennis Sinnott.

Authorities say neighbor Mark Eldredge saw the encounter and joined the attack. Eldredge had been driving around to distribute flyers about the alleged child stalker.

Police have since determined the suspected predator is actually a 76-year-old man who scavenges trash.

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