NEW DETAILS: Canadian Man Fatally Beat Motel 6 Manager with Hands, Flashlight
State Police have charged Ferenc Sarkozy, 21, with homicide and aggravated assault in the death of a night manager at the Motel 6 in Summit Township.
A hotel guest called police around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday after seeing blood in the motel's lobby, according to the criminal complaint.
State Police said surveillance video clearly shows it stems from a verbal argument.
When troopers arrived, they found the victim badly beaten in a small bathroom off the main lobby area. Troopers said the victim, who State Police have identified as Gregory Mogush, 61, of Erie, died within minutes of their arrival.
Troopers said they found Sarkozy in the bathroom with Mogush and say he had "blood spatter on his face, as well as blood on his hands, and on his clothing, socks and shoes."
Sarkozy of Ontario, Canada was taken into custody without incident and was arraigned early Tuesday morning. Police said he was a guest at the Motel 6.
Sarkozy admitted to "repeatedly punching, hitting and kicking the victim about the body and head" with his hands and a flashlight, according to State Police. He also admitted to dragging Mogush's body into the bathroom. The defendant said he believed he killed Mogush, troopers said.
He identified Mogush as the night clerk, but said he did not know him otherwise. Police have not released a motive for the killing.
Investigators tell Erie News Now that Sarkozy was traveling with another individual. Police tracked that person down and determined they left before the murder and was not involved in the crime.
Investigators have been in contact with the U.S. Border Patrol.
Sarkozy is currently being held in the Erie County Prison without bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 31.
Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook scheduled an autopsy on the victim for Tuesday afternoon. It took him several hours to perform. Cook said, the victim died from blunt force trauma to the head, face, neck, and abdomen.