WEST SIDE Assault victim tells police he later got death threat
The judge ordered the couple to not have contact with the man.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A man who police say was assaulted by a couple with a baseball bat told police that two friends of the accused later threatened to kill him if he testified in the case.
The 21-year-old victim first flagged down police Friday night on Mahoning Avenue near Richview Avenue, city police said. The victim, who had a bleeding wound on his forehead and a mark on his face, told officers that while he was walking down Mahoning, he was approached by Kevin and Judith Hilbert, both of North Maryland Street, who said they wanted to talk to him.
The man told police he knew the couple because he had dated their daughter. He told police that when he turned to talk to the Hilberts, Kevin Hilbert, 45, struck him with a bat three times, knocking him to the ground. The victim managed to knock the bat out of Kevin Hilbert's hand. Kevin Hilbert than struck him with his fists while Judith Hilbert retrieved the bat and hit him with it, reports said.
Police reports said they observed Kevin Hilbert and Judith Hilbert, 44, who was holding the bat, when they arrived on the scene.
The Hilberts, who are in the Mahoning County jail, each were charged with felonious assault. They were arraigned this morning in Youngstown Municipal Court. Bond for each was set at $25,000 cash surety. The judge ordered each of them to not have contact with the victim, whom prosecutors identified as the boyfriend of the Hilberts' daughter.
The victim fainted while talking to police and was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Late Sunday, police were called to the victim's house, and he told them he was at the corner of Schenley and Mahoning avenues about 9:35 p.m. Sunday when two men in a car pulled up next to him.
The older man, who was driving, called the victim to the car, and when the victim began to walk away the younger man started to get out of the car with his shirt pulled up and the handle of a handgun showing, according to reports.
The men told the victim that he had better drop the charges from the Friday attack if he wanted to live, reports said. The men told the victim that his body would never be found, he told police. The victim told police that the men were a father and son from Youngstown.