WILKES-BARRE — Investigation shows no indication that former city towing contractor Leo Glodzik had physical contact with a woman who accuses him of assaulting her and is seeking a protection-from-abuse order, city spokeswoman Liza Prokop said Tuesday.
“The police report did not indicate an incident that would coincide with an alleged PFA. There are no allegations in the report on the night of the incident that any physical contact between the alleged victim and Leo Glodzik occurred,” Prokop wrote in an e-mail to The Times Leader.
Aleksandra O’Donohue, 25, wrote in a PFA request that Glodzik, 42, attacked her at his Morgan Drive home on the night of April 17, dragging her around by the hair and beating her in the head until she lost consciousness. According to court documents, O’Donohue wrote she was hospitalized for three days after the incident, and that “due to trauma caused by the beating I had air in my neck and around my heart.”
Luzerne County President Judge Thomas F. Burke Jr. on Friday issued a temporary PFA order in favor of O’Donohue, according to court documents, pending a hearing on Thursday morning.
O’Donohue briefly reiterated her version of events in a telephone call to The Times Leader on Tuesday morning, saying that what she wrote in her PFA request did happen as she described it. O’Donohue said later that she was unable to comment further about the incident on the advice of her attorney.
Glodzik insists he never touched O’Donohue, saying that he brought her to his house after she requested a ride home from a bar. There, an intoxicated O’Donohue became combative and Glodzik said he called the police on her. Glodzik said he did not want O’Donohue arrested, just removed, but that police took her into custody after she created a disturbance outside his home.
District court records show that O’Donohue was charged with one count each of public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.
Glodzik provided a reporter with a copy of a police report on the incident, which Glodzik said he was given by city police. Prokop said the city would not speak to whether that document is genuine.
“We will not confirm the authenticity of a report that has been turned over to anyone unless it was released directly from the police department to you,” Prokop wrote.
But Prokop did confirm that it was Glodzik who called police, as stated in the document he provided.
“The report indicates Mr. Glodzik called police to his home and requested assistance with a woman who was highly intoxicated and causing a disturbance. The woman was arrested for public drunkenness after she spat at an officer and became verbally combative and vulgar with police officers,” Prokop wrote.
The report provided by Glodzik indicates he called an individual officer directly — not via 911 — and that the officer in question referred Glodzik to another officer on duty in the area, who responded to the scene.
“As far as your question on standard procedure, the police department always encourages residents to utilize 911 to report incidents — so no, it’s not a standard procedure” to call an officer directly, Prokop wrote.
“However, even though the WBPD discourages calls directly to the department, it sometimes happens that people contact the police department to make reports for officers to respond.”
Glodzik has been in the news for a number of unrelated cases, including previous PFAs involving a different woman, allegations that he stole $2,100 left in a Cadillac he towed as part of a purported drug arrest and government liens against his business interests.