Thursday, April 26, 2018
Public safety

Second beating victim comes forward after Pasco homeless man's death

HUDSON — On Monday, after his friend died, another victim told deputies he too had been beaten by Richard Smorschok. Smorschok, 39, was arrested Saturday on accusations that he and Colby Davis severely beat another homeless man, Leonard Gregory, who died in the hospital Monday.

The victim who came forward said Smorschok stomped on him and stole his disability check at a bus stop near U.S. 19 and Beacon Woods Drive on May 7, a Pasco Sheriff's report states. The victim said he stayed 21 days in the hospital and needs reconstructive surgery. He said he was uncooperative with deputies at the time out of fear of reprisal.

Deputies added a charge of aggravated battery to Smorschok's murder charge. He remains in the Land O'Lakes jail without bail.

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