Neigh­bor at­tacks man with bat

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - AM­BER PITTMAN apittman@cov­news.com

A Cov­ing­ton man was in­jured af­ter re­port­edly be­ing at­tacked with his own base­ball bat early Mon­day morn­ing.

Of­fi­cers from the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment were called to a home on Perry Al­ley, where they spoke with a man who said his room­mate had been at­tacked by 26-year-old Charles Corey Wil­liams, who re­port­edly lived across the street at a home on Mill Street.

Po­lice then spoke with the vic­tim, who re­port­edly met them out­side, limp­ing and hold­ing his left arm, and with a swollen and bruised eye and face. Of­fi­cers also no­ticed in­juries to the vic­tim’s hands, sides, legs and thighs.

The vic­tim al­legedly told of­fi­cers that Wil­liams came to the door and was beat­ing on it. When he an­swered the door, Wil­liams re­port­edly asked him, “What’s up?” us­ing a deroga­tory term to re­fer to the vic­tim. When the vic­tim told Wil­liams that he needed to leave and at­tempted to close the door, Wil­liams re­port­edly pushed the door open, flicked a cig­a­rette in the vic­tim’s face, and forced his way in­side.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the vic­tim told of­fi­cers that he walked away from Wil­liams and was head­ing to­ward his bed­room when he was pushed down, and the last thing he re­mem­bered was get­ting hit from be­hind.

He couldn’t re­mem­ber when the as­sault stopped, but did re­mem­ber wak­ing up and at­tempt­ing to get up from the floor.

The vic­tim’s room­mate said he heard scream­ing and forced his way in­side the home and found Wil­liams stand­ing over the vic­tim. The room­mate re­port­edly told of­fi­cers that he ran to his room to get a bat and Wil­liams ran away. He said the vic­tim also kept a base­ball bat in his room for pro­tec­tion and the bat was found dis­carded at the front door, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

Af­ter a New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter doc­tor con­firmed that the vic­tim’s in­juries (which in­cluded a frac­tured bone in his arm) likely came from blunt force trauma — like that caused by a base­ball bat — of­fi­cers lo­cated Wil­liams and ar­rested him on charges of bat­tery, crim­i­nal tres­pass, ag­gra­vated as­sault, ag­gra­vated bat­tery and pub­lic drunk.

It is un­clear what, if any­thing, pro­voked the at­tack.

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