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WILKES-BARRE — A Ringtown man must pay nearly $74,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to beating up another man who he believed was “picking on” his wife.


Michael Krusinsky, 51, admitted to one count of aggravated assault, a felony, in a Monday proceeding before Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas. Additional charges of burglary, simple assault, harassment, criminal mischief and criminal trespass were withdrawn as part of the plea.


According to an affidavit filed by state police:


On Oct. 27, 2012, troopers were dispatched to investigate a report of two men fighting at 11 Top St., in the village of Weston, Black Creek Township.


On arrival shortly after 1 a.m., victim Alan Palumbo told state police that he was in bed when someone started knocking on the door. Palumbo opened the door to find his ex-girlfriend, initially identified as Heather Fritz, standing there with a man identified as Krusinsky.


According to troopers, the woman Palumbo, 51, who he had known as Fritz was now Heather Krusinsky, and the man with her at the door was her husband.


State police arrived to find blood on the front porch, along with evidence of a struggle. Palumbo was found to have a visible leg fracture, lacerations to his face and head and his right eye was swollen shut.


Palumbo told troopers that the man tried to push his way into the house, and that as he tried to push back, the man started punching him. Palumbo said he was thrown to the ground, and that the man continued to punch and kick him.


Troopers located the Krusinskys in Ringtown and brought them to Hazleton for questioning.


Heather Krusinsky told state police she and her husband were at a bar and were told by the bartender that Palumbo called for her, but that whoever called was not on the line when she took the phone. She also told police that she had been continually harassed and abused by Palumbo.


When asked why the pair went to the Top Street address, Heather Krusinsky asked for a lawyer and the interview was terminated, troopers said.


Their interview with Michael Krusinsky also seems to have been short.


“Krusinsky related that he is tired of a wimpy man picking on his wife,” troopers wrote. “When I asked what they were doing at the Top Street address, Krusinsky stated that he kicked his (expletive) and has nothing more to say.”


Krusinsky must make restitution to Palumbo in the amount of $73,917. Sentencing is set for June 16.


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